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    The discursive construction of 'generations' at work: process and practice amongst web-based organizational actors

    Whiting, Rebecca and Pritchard, K. (2012) The discursive construction of 'generations' at work: process and practice amongst web-based organizational actors. In: 10th International Conference on Organizational Discourse: Processes, Practices and Performance, 18th - 20th July 2012, Amsterdam. (Unpublished)

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    Event synopsis: The biannual Organizational Discourse Conference celebrates its 20thanniversary in 2012. In the past two decades ‘discourse analysis’ has firmly established itself as a topic of interest, an analytical perspective informing a variety of critical theoretical approaches, and a methodology for organizational research. A discursive approach has been widely adopted in a variety of subfields. In the 10th Conference we take the opportunity to critically reflect on the contribution of organizational discourse to some of these fields in which ‘discourse’ is frequently invoked as a frame of analysis, such as culture and collaborative practices, power and identity processes, discourse and institutional change, diversity and distinction-drawing, and materiality and embodiment. The substantive theme for the 2012 conference – Processes, Practices and Performance – refracts a range of analytic themes which have come to characterise process approaches to organizational analysis. Discourse analytical approaches are particularly well suited to address repeated calls (i) to develop our understanding of the discursive aspects of organizing or organization as an emergent process and illustrate how such processes sustain, disrupt or transform institutionalized power asymmetries; (ii) to bring everyday work practices and the more mundane, day-to-day aspects of organizing back into organizational analysis in order to illuminate how social action contributes to the creation and re-creation of the institutional realm; and (iii) to explore the relationships between discourse and the material, textual and bodily performances at work and organizational actors’ ‘dramaturgical’ presentations of their individual and collective ‘selves’ in different arenas.


    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Business and Law > Birkbeck Business School
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 23 Feb 2016 16:49
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:22


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