Understanding organizations through language

By: Tietze, Susanne
Contributor(s): Cohen, Laurie | Musson, Gill
Material type: TextTextPublisher: London Sage publications 2003Description: 191 pISBN: 9780761967194Subject(s): Organization | Communication in organizationsDDC classification: 658 Summary: 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. https://uk.sagepub.com/en-gb/eur/understanding-organizations-through-language/book210067
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Table of content

Introduction
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.

https://uk.sagepub.com/en-gb/eur/understanding-organizations-through-language/book210067

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