Management and Language: The Manager as a Practical Author

Management and Language: The Manager as a Practical Author

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Edited by David Holman, Edited by Richard Thorpe

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  • Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 212 pages
  • Dimensions: 161mm x 238mm x 14mm | 367g
  • Publication date: 25 November 2002
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 076196908X
  • ISBN 13: 9780761969082
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: 1, black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,621,241

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Management and Langugage explores and develops the image of the manager as one who is aware of, and attends to, the way in which language is used in everyday managerial activity. Much managerial activity is achieved through language and a vital task for any manager is to generate with others an intelligible account of the various feelings that surround the contested issues in the organization. Such a process involves reading a context from different perspectives, constructing new meanings, framing the complexities and dilemmas faced into new 'landscapes' of possible future actions, and creating a persuasive argument for those landscapes amongst those who must work in them. For such a process to be conducted successfully a range of abilities and skills become relevant such as storytelling, metaphors and developing arguments. Management and Language is a timely publication with contributions from eminent academics in the field. This book will be engaging reading to academics and management teachers interested in critical management theory and those generally open to new and different approaches to management.It will also be of relevance to practising managers who wish to have a deeper understanding of how they use language in their everyday work.

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Richard Thorpe is Professor of Management Development and Pro Dean for Research at Leeds University Business School. His research interests have included: performance, entrepreneurship, knowledge and leadership as well as research methods in management research. His early career as a management trainee on a Clarks programme informed the way his ethos has developed. Following a period in industry his first academic appointment was as a researcher at Strathclyde University in the Pay and Reward Research Centre. There, as a consequence of the research conducted he developed close links with practitioners, intermediaries and policy makers, something he has strived to maintain as his career progressed. Common themes in his work are: a strong commitment to conducting research in collaboration with practitioners; a focus on action and change; an interest in and commitment to the development of doctoral students and the development of capacity within the sector. Richard has been past president and chair of the British Academy of Management and member of the ESRC Training and Development Board. He is currently chair of the Society for the Advancement of Management Studies.

Table of contents

Introduction - David J Holman and Richard Thorpe Management and Language: The Manager as a Practical Author PART ONE: SETTING THE SCENE Managers as Practical Authors - John Shotter and Ann L Cunliffe Everyday Conversations for Action PART TWO: DEVELOPING AND UNDERSTANDING THE STORY Using Narrative and Telling Stories - David M Boje Full of Characters - David J Holman, Jeff Gold and Richard Thorpe Identity and Talk in Practical Authoring Visual Media and the Construction of Meaning - Richard Thorpe and Joep Cornelisson PART THREE: DEVELOPING THE AUTHOR'S POSITION The Leader as a Practical Narrator - Francois Cooren and Gail T Fairhust Leadership as the Art of Translating The Logic of Message Design in Organisational Argument - Shirley Willihnganz, Joy L Hart and Charles A Willard Authoring as a Collaborative Process through Communication - Stanley Deetz PART FOUR: REWRITING THE SCRIPT, RESCRIPTING THE AUTHOR Conversations and the Authoring of Change - Jeffrey D Ford and Laurie W Ford All in a Knot of One Anothers' Labours - Mike Pedler Action Learning as Joint Practical Authoring A Critical Conversation Between Author Managers and Management Authors - Dorothy Lander and Craig Prichard