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Tue Sep 16 2003

Books: Discourse Analysis/Pragmatics: Iedema

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  1. paul, Discourses of Post-Bureaucratic Organization: Iedema

Message 1: Discourses of Post-Bureaucratic Organization: Iedema

Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2003 09:54:01 +0000
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Subject: Discourses of Post-Bureaucratic Organization: Iedema

Title: Discourses of Post-Bureaucratic Organization
Series Title: Document Design Companion Series 5
Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: John Benjamins,		 
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Author: Rick Iedema, The University of New South Wales 

Hardback: ISBN: 1588114139, Pages: xiv, 234 pp., Price: USD 68.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9027232059, Pages: xiv, 234 pp., Price: EUR 68.00

This book considers the discourses that come into play in
organizational change. The book outlines the tensions that arise for
people having to enact change, and analyzes the ways in which they
position themselves in changing organizational environments. The book
takes a social semiotic perspective on discourse, organization and
change. Here, discourse encompasses not only the multi-modal resources
that people mobilize in organizational (inter)action, but also the
practices and transformative dynamics afforded by those resources. The
organizational changes highlighted in the book revolve around three
dimensions of work that are increasingly coming to the fore:
participation, boundary-spanning and knowledging. These dimensions are
explored through case studies, including a health planning project, an
initiative to standardize work practices, and the tension between
paper-based and IT-based reporting. The book addresses the relevance
of this discourse perspective to organizational research more broadly,
by investigating organization as a dynamic of 'resemiotizations'.

Table of contents

Acknowledgements vii 
Preface ix 
1. The discourses of post-bureaucratic organization 1-25 
2. Approaches to studying organizational discourse 27-56 
3. A social semiotic view of discourse and organization 57-81 
4. Organizational discourse: A historical view 83-110 
5. Negotiating organization: A case of symbolic violence 111-132 
6. The dynamics of post-bureaucratic interaction: Resemiotization
7. Recording the organization 149-173 
8. 'Pathwaying' as post-bureaucratic ethos 175-192 
9. Conclusion: Post-bureaucratic organization 193-204 
References 205-225 
Author index 227-230 
Subject index 231-234

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