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The telling of violence: organizational change and atrocity tales


Bryant, M and Wolfam Cox, J, The telling of violence: organizational change and atrocity tales, Journal of Organizational Change Management, 16, (5) pp. 567-583. ISSN 0953-4814 (2003) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1108/09534810310494946


This paper explores the retrospective construction of atrocity narratives of organizational change in primary industries of the Latrobe Valley, located in southeast Australia. Within their narratives, participants discuss various forms of workplace violence aimed at employees by management and, in some cases, other employees. In addition, shifting narratives from violence to resignation are explored. As all participants are no longer employed in the organizations described in the narratives, causal associations between workplace violence and resignation choices are of particular interest. In this context, atrocity narratives are presented in a deliberate effort to extend the theorizing of organizational change into domains that are neither attractive nor progressive.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Strategy, management and organisational behaviour
Research Field:Organisational planning and management
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in commerce, management, tourism and services
UTAS Author:Bryant, M (Professor Melanie Bryant)
ID Code:114024
Year Published:2003
Web of Science® Times Cited:13
Deposited By:TSBE
Deposited On:2017-02-02
Last Modified:2017-02-02

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