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Organizational members as storywriters: on organizing practices of reflexivity
University of Trento, Trento, Italy.
Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering, Industrial Economics and Organisation. (New Management Practices)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6998-5034
University of Trento, Trento, Italy.
2018 (English)In: Learning Organization, ISSN 0969-6474, E-ISSN 1758-7905, Vol. 25, no 1, p. 51-62Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to describe how organizational members became storywriters of an important process of organizational change. Writing became a practice designed to create a space, a time and a methodology with which to author the process of change and create a learning context. The written stories produced both the subjectivity of practical authors and reflexively created the con/text for their reproduction.

Design/methodology/approach – A storywriting workshop inspired by a processual and participatory practice-based approach to learning and knowing was held in a research organization undergoing privatization. For six months, 31 organizational members, divided into two groups, participated in writing one story per week for six weeks. The written story had to refer to a fact that had occurred in the previous week, thus prompting reflection on the ongoing organizational life and giving a situated meaning to the change process.

Findings – Storywriting is first and foremost a social practice of wayfinding, that is of knowing as one goes. Writing proved to be an effective practice that involved the authors, their narratives and the audiences in a shared experience where all these practice elements became connected and through their connection acquired agency.

Originality/value – Narrative knowledge has been studied mainly in storytelling, while storywriting by organizational members has received less attention. This paper explores storywriting both as a situated, relational and material practice and as the process that produces narratives which can be considered for their content and their style.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018. Vol. 25, no 1, p. 51-62
Keywords [en]
Reflexivity, Organizational learning, Authoring, Practice-based knowing, Storywriting
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Business Administration
Research subject
Industrial Economics and Organisations; Industrial Economics and Organisations
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-38604DOI: 10.1108/TLO-08-2017-0080ISI: 000424463400006Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85041552445OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-38604DiVA, id: diva2:1181901
Available from: 2018-02-10 Created: 2018-02-10 Last updated: 2018-02-22Bibliographically approved

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