Organizational ethnography: an interaction analysis of identity work through the study of other-orientation and storytelling practices in a leadership development forum

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Abstract

Contemporary organizations feature absence of boundaries and are increasingly defined by loose couplings, pluri-vocality and network configurations. What Foucault (1995)
addressed as a former society of discipline is transformed and replaced into what Deleuze
(1995) refines as a society of control that incorporates its subjects into new and everchanging
lines of subjectification. This transformation of dispositifs (Deleuze, 1992; Foucault, 1980) and authoritative discourses (Bakhtin, 1982) that compose (and is composed of) a contemporary way of living induces in other words new types of embodied organizational knowledge and ways of organizing, which have consequences
for how subject positions are (re)configured in everyday corporate lives. Such identity work is rarely studied in local discursive practices of today’s modern and emergent corporations. The aspiration in the present article is to scrutinize local practices in a dialogue based leadership development forum in university settings. This provides
insights into the lived lives and identity work in Aalborg University representing a temporary, polyphonic and cross-disciplinary research project in a modern corporation.
The project was an example of a loose-coupled and temporary arrangement/organization
that invited a diverse group of participants to engage in the co-production of knowledge
in/on leadership communicative practices. The participants were professional leaders
from diverse organizations in the North of Jutland together with researchers and candidate students from the study programs of communication and philosophy at Aalborg
University.
Original languageEnglish
JournalTamara: Journal for Critical Organization Inquiry
Volume13
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)35 - 56
Number of pages21
ISSN1532-5555
Publication statusPublished - 6 Oct 2015

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(Special issue on Organizational Ethnography)

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