Let’s talk about how we talk about employees: A critical examination of the discursive construction of the employee in the textbooks that shape the HR managers of tomorrow

Peter Kastberg, Marianne Grove Ditlevsen

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Theory calls for ‘mutuality’ between newcomer and organization in the induction process (e.g., Griffin et al., 2000), whereas our analysis of practice (Kastberg and Ditlevsen, forthcoming) demonstrates that newcomers are ‘molded’ to ‘fit’ the organization (e.g., Maanen, 1978), – not the other way round. There is, then, a discrepancy between what theory calls for and what happens in practice. Where does that discrepancy stem from? We hypothesize that it may come from the textbooks that are formative in shaping the field and the managers who inhabit it. We conduct critical analyses of select sections of standard HRM textbooks in order to showcase how the perception of employees amongst HR managers of tomorrow might be shaped by text books used in management educational programs. Our paper, thus, contributes to a discussion of ethical managerial behavior (e.g., Treviño and Nelson, 2017) and makes the case for the importance of discourse awareness amongst educators of HR managers of tomorrow.

Griffin, A. E. C., Colella, A., & Goparaju, S. (2000). Newcomer and organizational socialization tactics: an interactionist perspective. Human Ressource Management Review, 10(4), 453-474.
Kastberg, P. & Ditlevsen, M.G. (forthcoming). The Discursive Construction of Newcomers – a Critical Examination of the Onboarding Programme of a Global Pharmaceutical Company. In Darics, E. (ed.). Language awareness in professional practice. Cambridge University Press Syndicate.
Maanen, J. v. (1978). People processing: Strategies of Organizational Socialization. Organizational Dynamics, 7, 18-36.
Treviño, Linda K. & Nelson, Katherina (2017). Managing Business Ethics – Straight Talk about how to do Right. New Jersey, USA: Wiley
TitelABC Regional Conference Vienna : Book of Abstracts
Antal sider1
StatusUdgivet - 2021
BegivenhedABC Vienna. Association for Business Communication: Regional Conference: Europe, Africa, and Middle East - WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business), Wien, Østrig
Varighed: 19 aug. 202128 aug. 2021


KonferenceABC Vienna. Association for Business Communication
LokationWU (Vienna University of Economics and Business)