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.
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.
Language/Organization - Robert Westwood and Stephen Linstead Introduction PART ONE: LANGUAGE, ORGANIZATION AND ACTION Talking Sense - David S Richards Ethnomethodology, Postmodern and Practical Action Language That Organizes - Ian Lennie Plans and Lists The Language of Strategy - Simon Lilley PART TWO: METAPHORS OF ORGANIZATION The Scripted Organization - Dan K[um]arreman Dramaturgy from Burke to Baudrillard Mining for Meaning - Tojo Joseph Thatchenkery Reading Organizations using Hermeneutic Philosophy Reclaiming Story in Organization - David M Boje, Rossana C Alvarez and Bruce Schooling Narratologies and Action Sciences PART THREE: LANGUAGE, KNOWLEDGE AND POWER The Prison-House of Language - Graham Sewell The Penitential Discourse of Organizational Power After Knowledge - Rolland Munro The Language of Information Rhetoric and Organizational Control - Stephen Linstead A Framework for Analysis PART FOUR: ORGANIZING SILENCE Appropriating the Other in the Discourses of Comparative Management - Robert Westwood Telling It Like It Is? - Joanna Brewis Gender, Language and Organizational Theory PART FIVE: WRITING, THEORY AND BEYOND The Language of Organization Theory - Robert Chia and Ian King Meaning beyond Language - Stephen Linstead and Robert Westwood Monstrous Openings