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For a symmetrical understanding of organizing and arguing

For a symmetrical understanding of organizing and arguing Purpose – Braiding organization theory and argumentation theory, the paper seeks to unfold how organizations act as social loci for the production, diffusion and development of arguments. Design/methodology/approach – A Swedish association dedicated to the defense and promotion of nuclear power, Miljövänner För Kärnkraft (approximately Environmentalists for Nuclear Power ) serves as a case study, describing the association's argumentative activity with a particular focus on its argument that “nuclear power is environment friendly as it produces no greenhouse gas emissions”. Findings – The manner in which the association contextualizes this key argument illustrates the inter‐relationships that exist between organizing and arguing. Originality/value – Organizing and arguing belong to each other's conditions of possibility, and it is therefore argued that an understanding of the organized character of argumentation is symmetrical to the argumentative character of organizing. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Society and Business Review Emerald Publishing

For a symmetrical understanding of organizing and arguing

Society and Business Review , Volume 1 (3): 18 – Sep 1, 2006

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2006 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
1746-5680
DOI
10.1108/17465680610706328
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Abstract

Purpose – Braiding organization theory and argumentation theory, the paper seeks to unfold how organizations act as social loci for the production, diffusion and development of arguments. Design/methodology/approach – A Swedish association dedicated to the defense and promotion of nuclear power, Miljövänner För Kärnkraft (approximately Environmentalists for Nuclear Power ) serves as a case study, describing the association's argumentative activity with a particular focus on its argument that “nuclear power is environment friendly as it produces no greenhouse gas emissions”. Findings – The manner in which the association contextualizes this key argument illustrates the inter‐relationships that exist between organizing and arguing. Originality/value – Organizing and arguing belong to each other's conditions of possibility, and it is therefore argued that an understanding of the organized character of argumentation is symmetrical to the argumentative character of organizing.

Journal

Society and Business ReviewEmerald Publishing

Published: Sep 1, 2006

Keywords: Organizational behaviour; Nuclear power

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