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Narrating the Organization: Dramas of Institutional Identity (New Practices of Inquiry) Paperback – 15 Apr 1997
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From the Back Cover
Using a narrative approach unique to organizational studies, Czarniawska employs literary devices to uncover the hidden workings of organizations. She shows how the interpretive description of organizational worlds works as a distinct genre of social analysis, and her investigations ultimately disclose the paradoxical nature of organizational life: we follow routine in order to change, and decentralize in order to control. By confronting such paradoxes, we bring crisis to existing institutions and enable them to change.
About the Author
Barbara Czarniawska holds the Chair in Management at the Gothenburg Research Institute, School of Economics and Commercial Law, Gothenburg University.
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3 January 2012
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This book is seminal and is essential reading for anyone interested in organizations. The book provides a compelling constructionist account of the discursive construction of organizations. Quite simply, it is one of the best organization theory books to have been written in the history of the field.
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15 February 2018 - Published on Amazon.com
Excellent Reference with Case Studies
24 September 2012 - Published on Amazon.com
The author provides both a good review of the theoretical basis for narrative analysis and interesting applications of the tool in the public administration environment. Readable, but the theory can get a bit thick at times.