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A Guide to Discursive Organizational Psychology

Edited by Chris Steyaert, Doctor in Psychology and Professor in Organizational Psychology, Julia Nentwich, Doctor and Associate Professor in Psychology and Patrizia Hoyer, Doctor in Organization Studies and Cultural Theory, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland
This book offers a lively illustration of the dynamic relationship between discourse and organizational psychology. Contributions include empirically rich discussions of both traditional and widely studied topics such as resistance to change, inclusion and exclusion, participation, multi-stakeholder collaboration and diversity management, as well as newer research areas such as language negotiations, work time arrangements, technology development and change as intervention.
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Publication Date: 2016
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This lively guide showcasing original and carefully curated research illustrates the dynamic relationship between discourse and organizational psychology. It maps the origins and development of discursive approaches in the field of organizational psychology and provides a timely review of the challenges that may confront researchers in the years to come, thereby charting the current and future boundaries of the field.

A Guide to Discursive Organizational Psychology delineates a potential research agenda for discursive organizational psychology. Contributions include empirically rich discussions of both traditional and widely studied topics such as resistance to change, inclusion and exclusion, participation, multi-stakeholder collaboration and diversity management, as well as newer research topics such as language negotiations, work time arrangements, technology development and discourse analysis as intervention. Discursive devices for addressing these phenomena include interpretative repertoires, modes of ordering, rhetorical strategies and sense-making narratives.

This topical book will serve as a guide for students or researchers who are new to discourse analysis in the fields of psychology, organization and management studies, and provide new perspective to anyone seeking to enhance their conceptual and methodological understanding of these fields. It marks a central reference point for anyone interested in the intersection of discursive approaches and organizational psychological phenomena.
‘Discursive approaches to issues such as creativity and participation are well established in management and organization studies but are much less developed in the field of organizational psychology. This book fills this gap in a timely and informative manner, providing much-needed insights into how language does not simply represent the social world, but actively produces it. This book illustrates how the “turn to language” in the social sciences can be usefully applied to the field of organizational psychology.’
– Penny Dick, University of Sheffield, UK

‘The contributors to this book make a compelling case for a greater consideration of discourse in organizational psychology. Focusing on discursive psychology’s “potential for bringing about social change or engaging with emancipatory projects”, the chapters examine change from different perspectives including participation, resistance, creativity and change interventions. The breadth of empirical settings is impressive, ranging from the UN World Summit on Sustainable Development to the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) to multilingualism in multinational companies. Similarly, the book covers a range of different methods. The contributions of discourse are made clear so that readers can easily see how discourse can enhance our understanding of organizational change.’
– Cynthia Hardy, University of Melbourne, Australia
Contributors: P. Dey, C. Gaibrois, A.-K. Heydenreich, P. Hoyer, C.D. Jacobs, C. Michels, J.C. Nentwich, A. Ostendorp, R. Pfyl, D. Resch, F. Schulz, C. Steyaert, F. Ueberbacher

Contents:

Preface

PART I INTRODUCTION
1. Towards a Discursive Research Agenda for Organizational Psychology
Patrizia Hoyer, Chris Steyaert and Julia C. Nentwich

2. Mapping the Field: Key Themes in Discursive Organizational Psychology
Julia C. Nentwich, Patrizia Hoyer and Chris Steyaert

PART II PARTICIPATION AND CHANGE
3. Divergence and Convergence in Multi-party Collaboration: ‘Moving the Paradox On’
Anna-Katrin Heydenreich

4. Performing Participation: Re-assembling a New Museum
Christoph Michels

5. Maneuvering Acts: Inclusion and Exclusion in a Women’s Sports Club
Julia C. Nentwich and Anja Ostendorp

PART III RESISTANCE AND CHANGE
6. Probing the Power of Entrepreneurship Discourse: An Immanent Critique
Pascal Dey

7. Part-time Work as Resistance: The Rhetorical Interplay Between Argument and Counter-argument
Patrizia Hoyer and Julia C. Nentwich

8. Multilingual Organizations as ‘Linguascapes’ and the Discursive Position of English
Chris Steyaert, Anja Ostendorp and Claudine Gaibrois

PART IV CREATIVITY AND CHANGE
9. The Expectations Gap and Heteroglossic Practices of (Non-)Compliance in Banking Regulation
Roland Pfyl

10. Anticipating Intended Users: Prospective Sensemaking in Technology Development
Claus D. Jacobs, Chris Steyaert and Florian Ueberbacher

11. Career Change: The Role of Transition Narratives in Alternative Identity Constructions
Patrizia Hoyer

PART V INTERVENTION AND CHANGE
12. De-normalizing Subject Positions: How Different can Differences Be(come)?
Anja Ostendorp and Chris Steyaert

13. The Coaching Conversation as a Discursive HRM Intervention
Florian Schulz

14. Discourse Analysis as Intervention: A Case of Organizational Changing
Pascal Dey and Dörte Resch

Index