Dialectical discursive storytelling in organizational transformation

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"The paper conceptualizes counter-narratives from a ‘dialectical dialogical’ perspective (Gurevitch, 2001) and discusses its potential as performative in (re)shaping organizations and in (re)constituting organizational subjectivities. The paper discusses a combination of Bambergs (2006) take on small stories with an emphasis on how subjects co-create stories and identities in situ together with Boje’s triad storytelling framework composed by discursive narrative, counter-narratives, living stories and ante-narrative (Boje, 2016a, 2016b). These perspectives are useful in order to enrich our understanding of the concept counter-narrative: “the counter-narratives only make sense in relation to something else, that they are countering. The very name identifies it as an oppositional category, in tension with another category” (Andrews, 2004, according to Frandsen, Kuhn, & Lundholt, 2016). We discuss the role of small stories and counter-narrative in transforming organizations. We further discuss its potential as counter-discursive resources for ‘reflexively undoing’ (Riach et. al, 2016, drawing on Judith Butler) the fixed narrative categorizations of the organizational lifeworld and subjectivities. To address the transformational performativity of dialectical discursive storytelling, we follow Tsoukas’ poetic praxeology (2017) according to which practitioners are viewed as agents not only embedded in and shaped by organizational storytelling practices but also as active re-constituents through experience, (self-)reflexivity, and sensemaking. The paper suggests further research of the potential of dialectical discursive storytelling as a performative research practice apt for organizational cultural transformation through ‘reflexivity in action’ (Cunliffe & Coupland, 2011; Cunliffe, 2003) and Butler’s‘reflexive undoing’." (kilde: https://events.au.dk/Nordisco2018arts/preliminaryprogramme.html)
Periode22 nov. 2018
BegivenhedstitelNORDISCO : 5th Nordic Interdisciplinary Conference on Discourse and Interaction
PlaceringÅrhus, Danmark
Grad af anerkendelseInternational