Managing Language

The discourse of corporate meetings

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The book attempts to answer the question: what do managers in multinational companies really do during meetings? Following fieldwork in three corporations in Britain and Italy, the picture that emerges is one that challenges the widespread understanding of meetings as boring, routine events in the life of an organisation. As the recordings analysed in the book show, organisational meanings and relations come into existence through verbal interaction; these are challenged and manipulated in a constant process of sense-making in search of coherence which engages managers in their daily work life. The pragmatics of pronominalisation, metaphors and discourse markers, as well as thematic development, reveal the dynamics of sense-making in both English and Italian. The ‘native’ perspective adopted in Part One of the book is complemented , in Part Two, by a contrastive study of the structural and pragmatic properties of meetings in the corporate and cultural contexts of the British and Italian multinationals, respectively. Finally, the intercultural dimension of corporate communication is vividly portrayed in the experience of managers of an Anglo-Italian joint venture examined in the concluding chapter.
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 44]  1997.  ix, 295 pp.
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Table of Contents
acknowledgements
ix
The Business of Language
3
Research as Experience, Research as Method
35
Sense-Making and Coherence
55
Interpreting British Meetings
103
Comparing and Contrasting: Cross-Linguistic and cross-Cultural
137
Meetings as Genre
205
Cross-Culturally Speaking: On the Edge of Communication
227
Appendix: Questionnaire
249
Notes
255
References
263
Index
293
“This is an important work on two counts: (1) it establishes the interdisciplinarity and multidisciplinarity of cross-cultural linguistics, and (2) it demonstrates that managerial science can profit from a consideration of the linguistic insights offered by the author.”
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BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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