A critical plot twist: Changing characters and foreshadowing the future of organizational storytelling

Beigi, Mina, Callahan, Jamie and Michaelson, Christopher (2019) A critical plot twist: Changing characters and foreshadowing the future of organizational storytelling. International Journal of Management Reviews, 21 (4). pp. 447-465. ISSN 1460-8545

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1111/ijmr.12203

Abstract

In this review, we explore the evolution of scholarly research about organizational storytelling over the past 40 years in a sample of 165 papers published between 1975 and 2015. We contend that organizational storytelling has established a conventional foothold beside the dominant, scientific narrative of organization studies. Meanwhile, the voice of critical storytelling in organizations has emerged, confirming (and extending) five organizational storytelling themes identified by Rhodes and Brown’s (2005a): sense-making (and subverting); communicating (and manipulating); change, learning (and challenge); power (and dissent); and identity, and identification (and alienation). Our review reveals the growing influence of critical management studies, emphasizing the role stories play in disrupting conventional narratives, enriching our understanding of present and future storytelling in organizations and of organizations in general.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The authors are equal contributors to the development of this work and are listed alphabetically.
Uncontrolled Keywords: organizational storytelling, critical storytelling, stories
Subjects: N200 Management studies
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2019 17:37
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2019 09:45
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/37831

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