Critical Narrative Inquiry – Storytelling, Sustainability and Power



Series: Contemporary Cultural Studies
BISAC: SOC000000

While organizations have become central for thinking and structuring contemporary social action, existing perspectives on what they are and how to deal with them are still rooted in modern ideas about the foundations of society. The chapters in this volume take critical narrative inquiry – inspired by postmodern or post-human approaches to organizations – as a broad range of research and development strategies that challenge the dominant perspectives prevalent in the organizational literature. The purpose of the volume is three-fold.

Firstly, a critical reading of organizations foregrounding notions of power and ethics is presented. Secondly, a new framework for understanding and analyzing organizational action based on critical notions of storytelling and sustainability is unfolded. Thirdly, the framework is deployed through innovative concepts and learning methodologies for leadership, organizational, or community development. The authors engage in philosophical and theoretical reflections on the ways contemporary organizations work. They also present and analyze case studies of power, storytelling and learning in organizations. As a whole, the book provides examples of what can be done to make organizations work in more appropriate ways in the future. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Critical Narrative Inquiry – Storytelling, Sustainability and Power
Kenneth Mølbjerg Jørgensen and Carlos Largacha-Martinez (Aalborg University, Denmark)

Chapter 2. Artisan Storytelling and Management ‘Dispositifs‘
Kenneth Mølbjerg Jørgensen and Nikolaj Klee (Aalborg University, Denmark)

Chapter 3. Towards Field-Work in the Architectonics of Control
Kevin Turner (Aalborg University, Denmark)

Chapter 4. Material Storytelling – Learning as Intra-Active Becoming
Kenneth Mølbjerg Jørgensen and Anete M. Camille Strand (Aalborg University, Denmark)

Chapter 5. Material Storytelling – Resituating Language and Matter in Organizational Storytelling
Anete M. Camille Strand (Aalborg University, Denmark)

Chapter 6. Meeting Generalized Others: Social Structure and Materiality in a Recently Merged Organization
Pernille Solveig Stroebaek and Søren Willert (University of Copenhagen, and Aalborg University, Denmark)

Chapter 7. Quantic Humanism As a Framework for Humanistic Management
Carlos Largacha-Martinez ( Universidad EAN, Bogota, Colombia)

Chapter 8. Critical Systemic Inquiry
Louis Klein and Christian A. P. Weiland (Systemic Excellence Group, Berlin, Germany)

Chapter 9. Storytelling and the Development of the Self: Learning Collaborative Negotiation Skills
Margarita Canal and Kenneth Mølbjerg Jørgensen (Universidad de Las Andes/Aalborg University, Aalborg University, Denmark)

Chapter 10. Strategic Storytelling and Identity (Re)Configuration in a Small Start-Up Company
Anja Overgaard Thomassen, Kenneth Mølbjerg Jørgensen and Nikolaj Klee (Aalborg University, Denmark)

Chapter 11. Interdiscursive Leadership Communication: From Shopping Around to Critical Meta-Reflections and Emergent Dialogical Positioning
Søren Frimann and Susanne Broeng (Aalborg University, Denmark)

Chapter 12. The Multivoiced Classroom – A Storytelling Ethics Approach to Management Education
Kenneth Mølbjerg Jørgensen, Nikolaj Klee and Margarita Canal (Aalborg University, Denmark and others)

Chapter 13. Conceptualising Engineering As ‘Spiel‘ and Disclosure – On Engineers, Technologies and Processes
Lars Bo Henriksen (Aalborg University, Denmark)

Chapter 14. Stories of Power and Identity Construction in Digitizing Workplaces
Steve Raue (European University Viadrina, Frankfurt/Oder, Germany)

Chapter 15. Questioning the Ethical Core of Sustainability
Lisa Rygaard Frost Kristensen and Kristian Høyer Toft (Aalborg University, Denmark)

Chapter 16. Sustainability in Management Education: A Critical View
Beatriz Acevedo (Anglia Ruskin University)

Chapter 17. The Speaking Body: Phenomenological Perspectives on Embodied Responsive Expressions
Ulla Thøgersen (Aalborg University, Denmark)

Chapter 18. The Corporeity of Organizational Sense
Kurt Dauer Keller (Aalborg University, Denmark)


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