Narratives We Organize By

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| Goteborg University, Sweden
| ISTUD, Milan-Stresa and The Cini Foundation, Venice, Italy
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This book is a collection of texts that explore the analogy between organizing and narrating, between action and text. The raw material of everyday organizational life consists of disconnected fragments, physical and verbal actions that do not make sense when reported with simple chronology. Narrating is organizing this raw and fragmented material with the help of such devices as plot and characters. Simultaneously, organizing makes narration possible, because it orders people, things and events in time and place. The collection, written by organization researchers from many different countries, explores this analogy in both directions, reporting studies that show how narratives are made in situ, and applying narrative analysis (structuralist and poststructuralist) to stories already in existence.

Barbara Czarniawska is Skandia Professor of Management Studies at GRI, School of Economics and Commercial Law, Göteborg University, Sweden.



Pasquale Gagliardi is Professor of Sociology of Organization at the Catholic University of Milan, and Managing Director of ISTUD- Istituto Studi Direzionali, Milan-Stresa, Italy.

[Advances in Organization Studies, 11]  2003.  x, 276 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Introduction
Barbara Czarniawska and Pasquale Gagliardi
vii–ix
Part 1
Sensegiving and sensemaking in an integration process: A narrative approach to the study of an international acquisiton
Anne-Marie Søderberg
3–35
Narrative institutions we organize by: The case of municipal administration
Daniel Robichaud
37–53
Part 2
Re-navigating management theory: Steering by the star of Mary Follet
Nanette Monin and John Monin
57–74
The body of the text and the ordinary narratives of organisation
Heather Höpfl
75–92
Part 3
How can strategy be a practice?: Between discourse and narration
Valérie-Inès de la Ville and Eléonore Mounoud
95–113
Narratives of organizational performance
Hervé Corvellec
115–133
Part 4
The Schweik Syndrome: The narrative power of resistance by agreement
Paul M. Hirsch and Hayagreeva Rao
137–148
Detective stories and the narrative structure of organizing: Towards an understanding of organizations as texts
Gerardo Patriotta
149–170
Part 5
From naked emperor to count zero: Tracking knights, nerds and cyber-punks in identity narratives of freelancers in the IT-field
David Metz
173–191
Narrating the future of intelligent machines: The role of science fiction in technological anticipation
Brian P. Bloomfield
193–212
Part 6
Ticking time and side cupboard ...: The journey of a patient
Sudi Sharifi
215–235
Fluid tales: A preservation of self in everyday life
Robert Grafton Small
237–245
About the authors and the editors
247–250
References
251–265
Name index
267–271
Subject index
273–275
“[...] the editors succeed not only in offering us more insight into complex processes of sense making in organizations. Their book also presents different ways to analyze empirical data to such organizational processes in organizations by using narrative approaches.”
“This is a truly fascinating book, a rich tapestry of interwoven lines of argument which take as their point of departure the organizing qualities of narrative and reach a destination in the narrative qualities of organizing. There are many real gems in this collection, and different readers will discover many different insights that challenge them, intrigue them and enchant them. This is a book that will immediately appeal to people who are both lovers of narratives and scholars of organizations.”
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Communication Studies

Communication Studies
BIC Subject: JMJ – Occupational & industrial psychology
BISAC Subject: PSY021000 – PSYCHOLOGY / Industrial & Organizational Psychology
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