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  • Paperback: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Sage Publications UK (1 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1412929776
  • ISBN-13: 978-1412929776
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.7 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 161,813 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Boje's work is a theoretical interpretation of how a writer would have to rethink a million times before he organises his script or story by weaving in all the characters, By doing this, the theories showcased in the book become essential reading for professionals in the film, journalism and advertising industry....Boje does well by reminding us of the basics. And it is here that he allows us to find who we really are as writers, and as organisations'
Vishal Krishna
Business World

About the Author

David M. Boje is an amateur blacksmith artist, & Professor of Storytelling, Distinguished University Professor, and Bill Daniels Ethics Fellow in Management Department at New Mexico State University. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from Aalborg University, Denmark in 2011 for his contributions to quantum storytelling. He does keynote conference presentations and university seminars around the world. He is founder and president of Standing Conference for Management and Organizational Inquiry| founder and past editor, Tamara Journal and Chair of the NMSU Sustainability Council. He is former Bank of America Endowed Professorship of Management (awarded September 2006-2010), and past Arthur Owens Professorship in Business Administration (June 2003-June 2006) in the Management Department at New Mexico State University.

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Stephen K. Tagg on 28 Mar. 2010
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An interesting read which has me wondering how can I use Boje input along with mathematical sociology ideas from Prof Peter Abell. So it's provoked more reflection and maybe some writing....
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Tell your own stories - the invaluable guide 24 May 2009
By W. T. M. Berendsen - Published on
Format: Paperback
Written by one of the leading professors in change management, this book is, like the former reviewer states, indeed an invaluable resource for practitioners and academics in the fields of (change) management, management in general and organizational studies. It's value can hardly be overstated, and i would honestly want to give it at least 4 times more stars than being able to give a book at this platform.

This book is not just a book, it is a piece of art resulting from a thorough understanding of a higly complex subject. David Boje is offering the greatest insights into storytelling. And i remember me walking in the streets during the week i was stil reading this book. Understanding even more that our whole society is actually a storytelling society. And should be so much more. I suggest to build your own stories around the fragments and understandings reflected in this book.

To understand what stories are and the role they play in our lives, to understand in much better ways what stories actually are, you must read this book. And reflect on the many insights to be obtained from it. Table 3.1 on page 77 of the book is an excellent guide for you.

This book can not be overrated. It could be overpriced. But at the price at which it is being offered, i would suggest and recommend it to any practitioner or academic in the fields of organizational studies, (change) management and/or consultancy to order and read this book. It will largely add to your skills and understandings of what organizations really are and how they work.

This is really a must read for managers and practitioners in the field!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The most important book on striytelling for long 27 May 2009
By Ole Fogh Kirkeby - Published on
Format: Paperback
As a philospher and a professor of the philosophy of management it is very urgent to me to recommend this book. Its metalevel of discourse, its analytical power and its exceptional relevance to practice makes it a truely uniqie book. It contributes to a a genuine new level of reflection on the most important issues of organizating, indeed emphazised by the crisis, the task of creating a new sense of community built on symmetry and non-hierarchial power. This book, being suspicious of hierarchial thinking in general and suggesting alternative,and extremely urgent options to management, shows us a way to conquor the crises: Listen to the stories of the employees, let them flourish, let them graft the chance to create a new community feeling. I seldom read a book so deep, so inspiring, and with such a critical impetus. We live in a world of buzz words abour narratives and storytelling, but Boje makes it visible to us where the improtant distinctions really are. His book is an analytical effort and an encyclopeida of practical knowledge about how stories might defeat the narratives of power. This book ought to show how the continental philosophical tradition could enrich busininess economics, if it is taken seriously. He creates a new ground and a new level of reflection.
In a time in which knowledge workers are still scarce he shows us ways to recruit and keep them, he shows us what it really means to make values real. He also shows us what autonomy and fredom of employees could be.
This is indeed a marvelllous book.
Ole Fogh Kirkeby, professor, Copenhagen Business School
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Boje Provides A Compelling Account of Storytelling 22 May 2009
By Stuart Middleton - Published on
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Stories are central to who we are, who we work for, and what we believe. They lie at the heart of our political institutions, our workplaces, and our family lives.

David Boje pours a lifetime of story studies into this book to provide a surprisingly personal account of storytelling and what it means. Using his detailed expertise, he is able to account for how organizations use stories to advance their own agenda.

This is an invaluable resource for practitioners and academics alike in trying to understand how storytelling makes the world go around. It comes with my highest possible recommendation.
Not well-written. 24 Nov. 2014
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Not well-written.
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