Interdiscursive leadership communication: From shopping around to critical meta-reflections and emergent dialogical positioning.

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    Abstract

    Communication realized as discourses, positions and stories are the stuff leadership primarily is made of and recreated by. Leadership and organizational communication in late capitalism and postmodernity are characterized by hybridity, interdicursivity and subtle discursive forms of power. We claim that these complexities and the lack of paradigmatic knowledge often get leaders shop around combining inconsistent and contradictory approaches. To avoid such inconsistent shopping we suggest a critical discursive Awareness and Meta-reflection on the basis of knowledge about Organizational Communication (AMOC). We draw on developments in theories of leadership, power, and paradigms within the field of organizational communication. These developments are related to their social and historical contexts. We claim that awareness of approaches, paradigms, forms of power, positions as well as their historical background form an important background of knowledge. Such knowledge gives the possibility to learn, meta-reflect, react and relate in different ways to leadership, communication, power and the interpersonal relations in organizations. It also gives the possibility to chance position, i.e. to act, relate and communicate in new and different ways. It may be developing and emancipating when interdicursivity, forms of power, positions and stories are made transparent and discussed in a democratic manner among peers and researchers in a dialogical action research and learning space. We demonstrate this by analyzing empirical examples from an action research project between a group of leaders, researchers, and master students based on the democratic and participating principles of the dialogue conference.
    OriginalsprogEngelsk
    TitelCritical Narrative Inquiry : Storytelling, Sustainability and Power
    RedaktørerKenneth Mølbjerg Jørgensen, Carlos Largacha-Martinez
    Antal sider20
    UdgivelsesstedNew York
    ForlagNova Science Publishers
    Publikationsdato2014
    Sider197-216
    Kapitel11
    ISBN (Trykt) 978-1-63117-557-2
    StatusUdgivet - 2014

    Emneord

    • Leadership
    • organizational communication
    • interdiscursivity
    • story
    • power
    • positioning
    • communication
    • dialogue
    • discourse

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