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Title: Discourses of Post-Bureaucratic Organization
Written By: Rick Iedema
Series Title: Document Design Companion Series 5

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 133–147
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

Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1588114139
ISBN-13: 9781588114136
Pages: xiv, 234 pp.
Prices: U.S. $ 128
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027232059
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: xiv, 234 pp.
Prices: EUR 68.00