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Storytelling Organizations



© 2009 | 288 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
"Boje does not reflect trends, he is among those who set them" - Hervé Corvellec, Department of Service Management, Lund University

"How can I know what I think until I see what David Boje says? What he says about storytelling will forever change what we thought we knew about stories. With remarkable control over a complex argument, Boje recovers, re-punctuates, and re-animates a world of narrative and sensemaking that we have previously taken for granted!" - Karl E. Weick, Rensis Likert Distinguished University Professor of Organizational Behavior and Psychology,Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan

"Few people understand stories and storytelling as well as David Boje. It is a measure of Boje's success as a theorist that the word story can never reclaim the innocence and simplicity it once enjoyed. Nor, with the benefit of his work, can organizations be viewed as spaces which occasionally or incidentally spawn stories. Boje's eagerly awaited book forces us to question many of our assumptions about storytelling; it also demands that we revise several of our assumptions about what organizations are" - Yiannis Gabriel, The School of Management, Royal Holloway University of London

"Our company is made up of lots of stories. We've found that 'stories' get told and retold and become the fabric of an organization. 'Policies' lay unread in the company handbook or training manual. David Boje taught me the value of stories in an organization. Stories are the 'oil' that makes the gears work. How do you get your message heard in an organization with thousands of people? David Boje taught me the value of telling stories at Stew Leonard's!" - Stew Leonard Jr., Stew Leonard Organization

"David Boje is one of the world's leading authorities on storytelling. His work has influenced a generation of organizational theorists and students. He not only provides new ways of understanding organizations but also provides fresh insights into the way in which stories function to provide meanings" - Heather Höpfl, University of Essex

The idea of organizations using `storytelling' to make sense of themselves and their environment has generated a lot of excitement.

Written by the leading scholar in this field, David Boje explores how narrative and storytelling is an important part of an organization's strategy, development and learning processes. With excellent examples from Nike, McDonald's and Disney, readers are shown how the theory that underpins organizational storytelling connects with storytelling in everyday organizational life.

David Boje's theories and ideas in relation to the study of storytelling in organizations are highly influential and this book will be a `must have' for any student or scholar interested in the area.

 
Story Escaping Narrative Prison
 
PART I: SYSTEMICITY
 
Systemicity Complexity Levels
 
Dialogisms
 
Collective Memory
 
PART II: STRATEGIES
 
Polyphonic Strategy
 
Stylistic Strategy
 
Chronotopic Strategy
 
Architectonic Strategy
 
Polypi Strategy
 
PART III: RESTORYING
 
Developing
 
Transorganization Development
 
PART IV: STORY METHOD
 
Living Story Method
 
Socratic Symposium

'Boje's work is a theoretical interpretation of how a writer would have to rethink a million times before he organises his script or story by weaving in all the characters, By doing this, the theories showcased in the book become essential reading for professionals in the film, journalism and advertising industry....Boje does well by reminding us of the basics. And it is here that he allows us to find who we really are as writers, and as organisations'
Vishal Krishna
Business World

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Introduction PDF

Chapter One PDF


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