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A discourse perspective on creating organizational knowledge: the case of strategizing

Floris, M., Grant, D. & Oswick, C. (2019). A discourse perspective on creating organizational knowledge: the case of strategizing. Research in the Sociology of Organizations, 59, pp. 141-156. doi: 10.1108/s0733-558x20190000059008


This chapter outlines a discursive epistemology of knowledge production through an analysis of the role of time and context in the social construction of organizational insights, outcomes and theories. While the role of time and context has been widely acknowledged in organizational discourse analysis, it has remained unclear what is specific to knowledge generation. Drawing upon a case study of an attempted company acquisition, we illustrate how knowledge is discursively produced and consumed during a process of strategizing. Our analysis shows how knowledge producing processes (e.g. strategizing, theorizing, conceptualizing and hypothesizing) extend both the time horizon of discourses that relate to the future, and the context horizon for discourse(s) that relate to the broader context. This reconstructs the tapestry of interwoven discourses that make up a local discourse and enable new managerial knowledge to be produced.

Publication Type: Article
Publisher Keywords: Discourse, Theorizing, Time horizon, Context horizon, Strategizing
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z665 Library Science. Information Science
Departments: Bayes Business School > Management
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