Theorising and analysing plurivocality and dialogue in organizational and leadership development practices: Discussion and discourse analysis of dialogic practices in a leadership development forum

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In this thesis Ann Starbæk Bager conducts research on organizational dialogic development practices. She scrutinizes and challenges the taken-for-grantedness of such as naturally positive phenomenon with attached positive, involving and emancipating outcomes. An in depth theorization of dialogue is offered through the lens of Bakhtinian dialogicality assisted by perspectives from Foucauldian governmentality and discourse studies and its implications for organizational and leadership studies are discussed. On this basis an ethnographic inspired analysis (a combined process and embodied discourse analysis) is conducted of dialogic practicing and identity work in a participatory dialogue, dissensus and research based leadership forum hosted in Danish university settings. Among other things the analysis pictures leadership as serious and complex phenomenon filled with ambiguities and paradoxes. It further reveals how in situ dialogic practices mainly are seen to eclipse, instead of the intended ideals of furthering, diversity and plurivocality. Based on analytical findings the author elaborates an ethics of dialogue and discusses an anticipated methodological framework for doing organizational discourse activism that seeks to further co-production of dissensus based and plurivocal knowledge and participatory development of leadership communicative practices.
Translated title of the contributionTeoretisering og anayse af flerstemmighed og dialog i organisations- og ledelsesudviklende praksisser: Diskussion og diskursanalyse af dialogiske praksisser i et forum for ledelsesudvikling
Original languageEnglish
PublisherAalborg Universitetsforlag
Number of pages122
ISBN (Electronic)978-87-7112-213-8
Publication statusPublished - 2015
SeriesPh.d.-serien for Det Humanistiske Fakultet, Aalborg Universitet

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