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Narrating the Organization Dramas of Institutional Identity

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ISBN-10: 0226132293

ISBN-13: 9780226132297

Edition: 1997

Authors: Barbara Czarniawska

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The most common social phenomenon of Western societies is the organization, yet those involved in real-world managing are not always willing to reveal the intricacies of their everyday muddles. Barbara Czarniawska argues that in order to understand these uncharted territories, we need to gather local and concrete stories about organizational life and subject them to abstract and metaphorical interpretation. Using a narrative approach unique to organizational studies, Czarniawska employs literary devices to uncover the hidden workings of organizations. She applies cultural metaphors to public administration in Sweden to demonstrate, for example, how the dynamics of a screenplay can…    
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Book details

Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 4/15/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 242
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Introduction, or Complex Phenomena Need Complex Metaphors
The Narrative in Culture Studies
On Dramas and Autobiographies in the Organizational Context
Interpretive Studies of Organizations: The Logic of Inquiry
Enacting Routines for Change
Serials: Innovation and Repetition
Talking Numbers: Preferences and Traditions
A Quest for Identity
Paradoxical Material
Changing Devices
Constructing Narratives