Narrating the Organization : Dramas of Institutional Identity, Paperback

Narrating the Organization : Dramas of Institutional Identity Paperback

Part of the New Practices of Inquiry S. series

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Investigating the intricacy of the organization, this work argues that it is necessary to gather local information about organizational life and subject it to abstract and metaphorical interpretation.

Using a narrative approach, the author employs literary devices to uncover the workings of organizations.

She applys cultural metaphors to public administration in Sweden to demonstrate, for example, how the dynamics of a screenplay can illuminate the budget disputes of an organization.

She shows how the interpretive description of organizational worlds works as a distinct genre of social analysis, and her study discloses the paradoxical nature of organizational life: we follow routine in order to change, and decentralize in order to control.

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 242 pages, black & white illustrations
  • Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
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  • Category: Organizational theory & behaviour
  • ISBN: 9780226132297

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