Unsing Mangement Inquiries to Co-Construct Other Memories about The Future

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Abstract

The focal point in this article is to explore how management inquiry in the context of reflexive dialogical action research can be used as a way for researchers and managers to jointly construct knowledge that partakes in developing organizational life from “within.” This article builds on the acknowledgment that people in organizations have memories of the future. And it is argued that the prospective memories managers have of how an organizational dilemma will unfold in the nearby future shape their actions and co-construction of meaning in the present. In the article, we exemplify and explore how researchers and managers by using “unadjusted responses” and “social poetics” as ways of gesturing and responding can engage in management inquiry and enhance the future managers remember to make room for more desirable future memories to emerge that expand managers’ possible space for action in the present.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Management Inquiry
Volume27
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)246-259
Number of pages14
ISSN1056-4926
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2018

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