A story-in-the-making: an intertextual exploration of a multivoiced narrative

Izak, Michal (2014) A story-in-the-making: an intertextual exploration of a multivoiced narrative. Tamara Journal for Critical Organization Inquiry, 12 (1). pp. 41-57. ISSN 1532-5555

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Abstract

The following study will explore the stories which are not told – that is, it will scrutinize the process of intertextual emergence of an ultimately open story: one which has neither discernible authorship nor agenda and which remains in-the-making rather than strives to achieve closure. The paper will discuss the process in which multifaceted and multidirectional organizational stories are created, in which plots and characters exchange and ‘ending’ is defied. This lack of closure is perceived here as a breeding ground for networked meanings, which, if allowed to remain interdependent and plural, eschew the danger of a new organizational story becoming universal carrier of inflexibly established contents. Since the unifying semantic organizational frameworks (e.g. ‘success story’) may be construed as impostors attempting to ascribe both authorship and agency to a non- agentical and non-authored ‘untold story’, this study proposes one way in which multi- directedness and plurality of the story may be preserved.

Additional Information:Special Issue: Untold Stories in Organisations Guest Editors: Michał Izak & Linda Hitchin
Keywords:storytelling, Narrative, JCOpen
Subjects:N Business and Administrative studies > N200 Management studies
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
ID Code:13608
Deposited On:25 Mar 2014 10:23

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