Storytelling and the Future of Organizations: An Antenarrative HandbookŠ

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  • Copyright: 2/22/2011
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The concept of narrative is explored in many different fields from organization studies to studies on identity, psychology, and learning. Organization and management studies have overwhelmingly focused to date on rational narrative structures with beginnings, middles, and ends, where narrative has proved to be a handy concept in qualitative studies ' such as in the analysis of interviews or in understanding an organization's history and identity. Far less attention is given however to the more spontaneous and 'non-staged' storytelling that occurs in organizations. The collective and joint storytelling of everyday conversations and interactions in business is less well understood, but is arguably vital to an organization's dynamics and ability to cope with change.Pioneering thinker in organizational communication David Boje here compiles a collection of new essays on the theme of 'antenarrative,' or non-linear narrative, as applied to organizations and business, bringing together different approaches and philosophical interpretations of the concept. The essays combine a strong theoretical background with empirical cases as diverse as Wal-mart, information systems, and Nordic banking. Storytelling and Antenarrative in Organizations is the first volume to offer such a varied but systematic examination of non-traditional narrative inquiry in the management realm, organizing and developing its approach, and providing new insights for management students and scholars.

Table of Contents

List of Figuresp. xi
List of Tablesp. xv
Acknowledgementsp. xvii
Introduction to Agential Antenarratives That Shape the Future of Organizationsp. 1
Individual, Gender, and Group Antenarratives
Introduction to Part I: Individual, Gender, and Group Antenarrativesp. 23
Antenarrational Presuppositions: A Philosophical Reflection on Responsible Use of Power and (Ante)narrativep. 29
Antenarratives of Negotiated Diversity Managementp. 47
The Tesseract Antenarrative Model: Mapping Storytelling to Multi-dimensional Factor Lattices in Mathematicsp. 67
The Antenarrative of Ethics and the Ethics of Antenarrativesp. 87
The Creative Spirit of the Leader's Soul: Using Antenarratives to Explain Metanoia Experiencesp. 101
Understanding Legal Antenarrativesp. 117
Organization and Writing Antenarratives
Introduction to Part II: Organization and Writing Antenarrativesp. 131
Living Story and Antenarrative in Organizational Accidentsp. 137
Antenarrative and Narrative: The Experiences of Actors Involved in the Development and Use of Information Systemsp. 148
Strategy as Antenarrative Complexityp. 163
Antenarratives, Strategic Alliances, and Sensemaking: Engagement and Divorce Without Marriage between Two Brazilian Air Carrier Firmsp. 176
Visual/Picture as Antenarratives: Sketching the Research Processp. 188
Narratives: A Love Storyp. 201
Antenarratives and Organization Change
Introduction to Part III: Antenarratives and Organization Changep. 215
Survival Toolkit for Sociotechnical Project Complexityp. 221
Narratives, Paradigms, and Changep. 241
Antenarratives of Change in Mexican Innovation Networksp. 253
Connecting Antenarrative and Narrative to Solving Organizational Problemsp. 268
Antenarrative Writing-Tracing and Representing Living Storiesp. 284
Tales of Merger Survivorsp. 298
National and Globalizing Antenarratives: National and Globalizing Antenarratives
Introduction to Part IV: National and Globalizing Antenarrativesp. 315
Storytelling Narrative Marginality-On Becoming a Global Humanp. 317
The Rhetoric of Toxic Assets: An Antenarrative Analysisp. 334
Weil-Timed Stories: Rhetorical Kairos and Antenarrative Theoryp. 347
The Evolutive and Interactive Actor Polygon in the Theater of Organizationsp. 366
Postscript-An Antenarrative Theory of Socioeconomic in Intervention Researchp. 383
Contributorsp. 393
Indexp. 403
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