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Discourse, Interpretation, Organization

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ISBN-10: 0521844029

ISBN-13: 9780521844024

Edition: 2006

Authors: Loizos Heracleous

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This much-needed systematic exploration of the emerging field of organizational discourse addresses both scholarly perspectives and empirical applications of the concepts. The interpretive, functional, critical, and structurational perspectives are examined in detail. Issues discussed include the constructive potential of discourse; prominent interpretive approaches; the role of discourse, in particular metaphor, in fostering certain organizational outcomes; a critical view addressing the power and political dimensions of discourse; and the dual aspects of discourse as both communicative actions and deep structures, interrelated through the modality of interpretive schemes. Application chapters illustrate how discourse theory can be employed in field research, aiding the analyst in gaining a deeper understanding of the social context and of the effects of discourse on that context. In particular, a view of discourse as situated symbolic action, and a structurational view of discourse are illustrated empirically, using examples from a major IT organization and a global consulting firm.
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Book details

List price: $113.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 10/26/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 218
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.056

Loizos Heracleous is a Professor of Strategy and Organization at Warwick Business School. He earned his PhD from the University of Cambridge. His research has been published in leading journals such as the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Strategic Management Journal, MIS Quarterly, Harvard Business Review, and MIT Sloan Management Review. He researches strategic change processes, organization development, organizational discourse, corporate governance, and other related areas. More information can be found at www.heracleous.org Loizos can be reached at loizos.heracleous@wbs.ac.uk

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Preface
Images of discourse: interpretive, functional, critical, and structurational
Interpretive approaches to organizational discourse
Functional approaches: metaphor in organization change and development
Critical approaches: Michel Foucault's conceptions of discourse
A structurational approach to discourse
Analyzing discourse I: discourse as situated symbolic action
Analyzing discourse II: a tale of three discourses
Index