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PRACTITIONER

After managerialism

This paper is occasioned by the Storymaker project, an initiative begun in 1998 to help professionals in organizations to develop their practice by recording and exchanging narratives of work experience. The paper attempts to situate the practice and... Read More

PRACTITIONER

Narrative processes in organizational discourse

This article advances the idea of ‘narrative processes’ in the metaphor of organizational discourse as a complex system. There are three narrative processes, or ways in which people in organizations story events, namely: story coercion as... Read More

PRACTITIONER

Telling it like you think it might be

Terms like ‘narrative’ and ‘story’ are pretty confusing for a person who grew up in linguistic anthropology, where both have been used in a variety of ways for a century or so. The author tries to clarify the terms with the fo... Read More

PRACTITIONER

The use of narrative to understand and respond to complexity

This article compares two prominent managerial models - those of Snowden and Weick - that use narrative as a sensemaking response to complexity. After presenting an overview to their approach to narrative and complexity, we then analyze their stylist... Read More

with THEIRRY BOUDÈS

ACADEMIC

Wanted for breaking and entering organizational systems in complexity

In this paper we choose to enact this short story of Anais Nin. We have chosen to break out of the use of conventional narrative by using psychodynamic theory to break into the experiences that facilitate and block the emergence of participation in m... Read More

with CHERYL A. LAPP

ACADEMIC

Order (for free) in the court

The practice of law is nothing less than the receiving and re-telling of stories in anticipation of others’ undermining those stories in their own re-tellings of counter-stories. The ordered regime we perceive as law is the result of constraint... Read More

ACADEMIC

Complexity and catastrophe

The relationship between tightly coupled systems, complexity and the potential for disaster is well established. Research into complex systems has led to a greater appreciation of their instability. However, in the main, studies have confined themsel... Read More

with SUMOHON MATILAL

ACADEMIC

Storytelling and globalization

Appardurai’s five landscapes of globalization are used in this article to demonstrate that storytelling in the mediascape can transform the terrain of an ideoscape. Storytelling is viewed to be of special significance to network organizations b... Read More

with J. ALISON BRYANT PETER R. MONGE

ACADEMIC

Three kingdoms, sense making and complexity theory

Despite the wide, immense and continuous popularity of Romance of Three Kingdoms in China - as popular as Art of War by Sun Tzu - the work is by far less widely known in the West. Yet to the Chinese, Japanese and Korean CEOs in mastering strategy, Th... Read More

PHILOSOPHY

Hopeful monsters

Taking poetics as its base, this paper explores emergence in a constellation of disciplines - semiotics, teleology, and the complexity sciences. In whichever field it is studied, emergence is always Janus-face. I argue that its two aspects, direction... Read More

PHILOSOPHY

Complexity theory and continental philosophy - part 1

Recent studies in Organizational theory have directed themselves towards poststructuralist interpretation. A variant of such interpretation is based on theorists derived from the traditions of phenomenology. Letiche’s PCT is examined as a deriv... Read More