Tietze, Susanne

Understanding organizations through language - London Sage publications 2003 - 191 p.

Table of content

Spinning Webs of Meaning
Language and Social Reality
A Semiological Approach to Meaning Making
Understanding Organizations through Metaphor
Understanding Organizations through Stories and Narratives
Understanding Organizations through Discourse
Language, Culture, Meaning
Gender and Language
Leadership and Language
Meaning-Making in the Electronic Age

Taking issue with functional approaches to communication, Understanding Organizations through Language offers a viable alternative based on `webs of meaning'. Instead of viewing communication as a thing that can be unproblematically controlled and managed, the authors use semiology as a theoretical bedrock to develop a new metaphor for communication. Understanding Organizations through Language applies this approach to areas of interest, including: metaphor, story-telling, discourse, gender, leadership and electronic communication.
Spanning the gap between highly theoretical organization studies texts and highly prescriptive communication texts, the book talks to the reader in a sophisticated yet approachable style. This style is complemented by a range of examples, activities and mini case studies. Also included are chapter summaries and further reading suggestions, making this a useful text for both academics and students.
Advanced undergraduates and postgraduates will utilize this book for any course dealing with communication, particularly courses in HRM and organizational behaviour.



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