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Understanding the Dynamics of Language and Multilingualism in Professional Contexts

Advances in Language-Sensitive Management Research

9781789906776 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Philippe Lecomte, President of GEM&L, Retired professor of International Communication, Toulouse Business School, Mary Vigier, Professor Emeritus, Department of Management, ESC Clermont Business School, France, Claudine Gaibrois, Lecturer in Culture, Society and Language, Department Transversalis, Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland, and External Lecturer in Language Diversity, Research Institute for Organizational Psychology, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland and Betty Beeler, Retired Professor of Intercultural Management, Ecole Supérieure de Commerce, Saint-Etienne, France
Publication Date: January 2023 ISBN: 978 1 78990 677 6 Extent: c 240 pp
This book provides readers with the latest research on the dynamics of language and language diversity in professional contexts. Bringing together novel findings from a range of disciplines, it challenges practitioners and management scholars to question the conventional understanding of language as words with stable meanings, an assumption which treats language as a tool that can be managed by language policies that ‘standardize’ language. Each of the contributions is designed to recognize the strides that have been made in the past two decades in research on language and languages in organizational settings while addressing remaining blind spots and emerging issues. Particular attention is given to multilingualism, socio-linguistic approaches to language in the workplace, migration challenges, critical perspectives on the power of language use and the management of organizations as dialogical, discursive spaces.

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This book provides readers with the latest research on the dynamics of language and language diversity in professional contexts. Bringing together novel findings from a range of disciplines, it challenges practitioners and management scholars to question the conventional understanding of language as a tool that can be managed by language policies that ‘standardize’ language.

Each of the contributions is designed to recognize the strides that have been made in the past two decades in research on language and languages in organizational settings while addressing remaining blind spots and emerging issues. Particular attention is given to multilingualism, socio-linguistic approaches to language in the workplace, migration challenges, critical perspectives on the power of language use and the management of organizations as dialogical, discursive spaces.

Understanding the Dynamics of Language and Multilingualism in Professional Contexts offers new insights into familiar and less familiar issues for international business scholars, sociolinguists, management practitioners and business communication scholars and experts, and brings understanding to the central role that language usage and linguistic diversity play in organizational processes.
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Contributors include: Jo Angouri, Sercan Hamza Bağlama, Wilhelm-Barner Rasmussen, Betty Beeler, Linda Cohen, Cihat Erbil, John Fiset, Claudine Gaibrois, Leonie Gaiser, Marianne Grove Ditlevsen, Kristina Humonen, Marjana Johansson, Anne Kankaanranta, Jane Kassis-Henderson, Peter Kastberg, Philippe Lecomte, Dorte Lønsmann, Yaron Matras, Mustafa Özbilgin, Tiina Räisänen, Guro R. Sanden, Martyna Śliwa, Janne Tienari, Rebecca Tipton, Mary Vigier
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