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Professional blinders? The novel as an eye-opener in organizational analysis
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2457-6448
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE). Lund University, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4714-9449
2019 (English)In: Culture and Organization, ISSN 1475-9551, E-ISSN 1477-2760, Vol. 25, no 2, p. 146-158Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Scholarly textbooks often follow a logic where suitable empirical cases are selected to illustrate the theoretical and analytical points that we as scholars want to make. But what would happen if we would do the opposite: build a textbook on a novel written by a novelist for such purpose and let the theories explain the actions and emotions of fictional characters? In this article, we share and reflect upon our experiences of co-authoring a textbook in organization theory together with a professional novelist. We argue that the novel can function as an eye-opener in organizational analysis, forcing us to look beyond more static and rationalistic perspectives on organizations as well as the stereotypes of such. We build and relate our experiences to the growing literature about using fiction in scholarly work and discuss the potential of such genre-bending work when we bring in flesh and blood into the analyses.

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2019. Vol. 25, no 2, p. 146-158
Keywords [en]
Fiction/novel, genre, literature, organization studies, reflexivity, writing
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Business Administration
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Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-158795DOI: 10.1080/14759551.2018.1508212ISI: 000457431100005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-158795DiVA, id: diva2:1238880
Available from: 2018-08-14 Created: 2018-08-14 Last updated: 2019-03-04Bibliographically approved

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