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The importance of communication for organizations has been an ongoing concern since management was first theorized. Yet language has tended to be viewed as simply a medium of communication - without language per se being theoretically problematized. This book enables a more critical exploration of the major theoretical positions on language and organization, explaining why language warrants a more central and considered place in organization studies. Language and Organization explains how various perspectives on the relationship between language and organization can be represented and explored. Concerned with issues such as power, knowledge and organizational discourse, this book will provide essential new links for a proper conceptualisation and understanding of organizations.show more

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  • Hardback | 370 pages
  • 163.6 x 240.3 x 29.5mm | 707.62g
  • SAGE Publications Inc
  • Thousand Oaks, United States
  • English
  • Abridged
  • Abridged edition
  • 0761953345
  • 9780761953340

About Robert Westwood

My background includes undergraduate and Masters degrees in English Literature from the universities of Keele and Leeds , and a further Masters in Organization Development and PhD from what is now Sheffield Hallam University . More recently I was awarded a D.LItt from Durham University . I have held Chairs in Wollongong (NSW), Sunderland . Essex and Durham before moving to York . I also spent 2 years as a Visting Scholar at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.show more

Table of contents

Language/Organization - Robert Westwood and Stephen Linstead IntroductionPART ONE: LANGUAGE, ORGANIZATION AND ACTIONTalking Sense - David S Richards Ethnomethodology, Postmodern and Practical ActionLanguage That Organizes - Ian Lennie Plans and ListsThe Language of Strategy - Simon LilleyPART TWO: METAPHORS OF ORGANIZATIONThe Scripted Organization - Dan K[um]arreman Dramaturgy from Burke to BaudrillardMining for Meaning - Tojo Joseph Thatchenkery Reading Organizations using Hermeneutic PhilosophyReclaiming Story in Organization - David M Boje, Rossana C Alvarez and Bruce Schooling Narratologies and Action SciencesPART THREE: LANGUAGE, KNOWLEDGE AND POWERThe Prison-House of Language - Graham Sewell The Penitential Discourse of Organizational PowerAfter Knowledge - Rolland Munro The Language of InformationRhetoric and Organizational Control - Stephen Linstead A Framework for AnalysisPART FOUR: ORGANIZING SILENCEAppropriating the Other in the Discourses of Comparative Management - Robert WestwoodTelling It Like It Is? - Joanna Brewis Gender, Language and Organizational TheoryPART FIVE: WRITING, THEORY AND BEYONDThe Language of Organization Theory - Robert Chia and Ian KingMeaning beyond Language - Stephen Linstead and Robert Westwood Monstrous Openingsshow more

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