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Discourse analysis and the study of organizations


Grant, D and Iedema, R, Discourse analysis and the study of organizations, Text, 25, (1) pp. 37-66. ISSN 0165-4888 (2005) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1515/text.2005.25.1.37


In this paper we provide an overview of research into organizational discourse, making a tentative distinction between organizational discourse studies (emerging from organization and management theory) and organizational discourse analysis (emerging from more linguistic-oriented research). Our primary aim is to focus on organizational discourse studies in a fashion that complements, rather than replicates, previous overviews of the field. In so doing, we suggest that organizational discourse research is too complex and multivariate to be pigeonholed on the basis of academic discipline or research method. Further, abstracting the multiplicity of organizational discourse research endeavors into just two single dimensions as do Alvesson and Kdrreman (2000), for example, runs the risk of losing some of this richness. We aim to provide insight into the complexity of organizational discourse and the philosophical and methodological richness that it embodies by highlighting that commentators often straddle different positions. To this end, we propose five dimensions by which to map this rich domain of research. Our concluding argument is that organizational discourse studies (ODS) and organizational discourse analysis (ODA) would do well to combine the former's normative and the latter's analytical prerogatives with attention to practitioner-situated problematics and struggles.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Discourse analysis; Organizational research; Organizational theory
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Other language, communication and culture
Research Field:Other language, communication and culture not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in language, communication and culture
UTAS Author:Iedema, R (Professor Rick Iedema)
ID Code:96643
Year Published:2005
Web of Science® Times Cited:34
Deposited By:Health Sciences B
Deposited On:2014-11-14
Last Modified:2014-11-14

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