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This paper seeks to examine the meanings that are attached to labels we use, especially those connected to self as in selfhood, selfdom and identity, “me” and “I”. The language of the theoretical framework is derived from complexity theory. The intention is to reveal multiplicities in...
Presents a social constructionist account of organising processes in which the focus is on joint (not individual) acts, on action as any human activity and its artifacts ‐ including talk, and on making “people and worlds”. The authors show that actions, or more widely, projects, can be...
Kolb’s theory of experiential learning has proven extremely popular and useful in management education. However, despite its usefulness it is not entirely unproblematic and, using social constructionist perspectives, this paper critiques Kolb’s model of learning and his image of the manager...
Offers a model of leadership development based on the metaphor of jazz improvisation. Examines the meaning of improvisation as applied to jazz and shows how managers’ lives are similar to that faced by jazz improvisers in that they often face problems which are unstructured and ambiguous. Shows...
Takes a social constructionist view of organizational change focusing on how to engage the multitude of internal and external stakeholders. Argues that current models of change often leave people feeling demoralized and presents appreciative inquiry (AI) as an aproach to organization development...
Learning in conversation occurs in a variety of ways. This paper explores one particular way which, it is argued, is central in a knowledge economy. Non‐linear learning occurs through revisiting and re‐examining recurring issues in working life to arrive at new perspectives and new...
This article introduces a concept of managing as part of the conversation of organising. It is not so much the idea that managers use conversation, but that conversation is the sea in which they swim. A story is used to lift the conversational processes that both promote and restrict managers’...
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