A Narrative Approach to Organization Studies (Qualitative by Barbara Czarniawska

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By Barbara Czarniawska

From constructing the fieldwork to writing up the examine, this quantity takes readers throughout the narrative method of qualitative examine with a spotlight on association reviews. encouraged through the paintings of Bakhtin, Eco, Rorty and Silverman, the writer demonstrates that narratives are nonetheless the most providers of information in all societies.

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Oh yes, Western Electronics, third floor. I was 10 minutes late. I ran up the stairs and was met in the corridor by a secretary. Herr Doktor would receive me soon. I had time for a quick run to the bathroom to wash my hands and face. Herr Doktor came out, speaking German and sounding somewhat irritated. "Wasn't hard to find now, was it? " I nodded and accepted a cup of coffee. This story illustrates one of the simplest problems-that of physical access. This problem, trite as it may seem, is known to all organization researchers and does not abate with age or experience.

1 Dangers of the Field The first account concerns a visit to a truly exotic place. STRANGE STORIES OF MY ADVENTUROUS LIFE It was my first day in Budapest, in the city summer heat. I had an appointment scheduled with the director of Western Electronics in Hungary, an impressive and busy Herr Doktor who had nevertheless given me a slot for an interview in our brief telephone conversation. Now, half an hour before our meeting, I was standing in my suit and tie, in an East European streetcar, exchanging stares with my fellow travelers.

12:00. End of the session. I am waiting for FD at the door. FD clearly expects me to go home, but r protest. We return to the office in her car. FO is planning to meet the deputy mayor. " I go into her office, where I claim a place at the conference table which is to be mine in the days to come. She comes in and goes out of the office without explanation. The secretary makes tea for her and she eats her lunch sandwich while looking at her papers. 14:00. " 44 15:30. I am back in the office when FD returns.

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