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Title: Anti-dialogic positioning in change stories: bank robbers, saviours and peons
Authors: Beech, Nic
MacPhail, Stacy A.
Coupland, Christine
Keywords: Dialogue
Insulating identity work
Self-sealing stories
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: Sage Publications / © The Author(s)
Citation: BEECH, N., MACPHAIL, S.A. and COUPLAND, C., 2009. Anti-dialogic positioning in change stories: bank robbers, saviours and peons. Organization, 16 (3), pp. 335 - 352
Abstract: Stories people tell of going through change incorporate and react to others around them. Positions can be taken in stories that tend towards the monological, having a singular perspective and being somewhat sealed off from others. Alternatively, stories can tend towards the dialogical, a multiple, less certain and more interactive mode. We explore multiple stories of an organizational change and analyse a paradoxical situation that emerges. We argue that although the stories may have the appearance of being dialogical, they can be seen as co-existing but self-sealing, or anti-dialogic. We introduce an interruption to the story and discuss a possibility for challenging anti-dialogic positioning in change stories.
Description: This article was published in the journal, Organization [Sage Publications / © The Author(s)]. The definitive version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1350508409102299
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1177/1350508409102299
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/14835
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1350508409102299
ISSN: 1350-5084
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