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Organizational Discourse: Domains, Debates, and Directions

Phillips, N. & Oswick, C. (2012). Organizational Discourse: Domains, Debates, and Directions. Academy of Management Annals, 6(1), pp. 435-481. doi: 10.1080/19416520.2012.681558


Interest in the analysis of organizational discourse has expanded rapidly over the last two decades. In this article, we reflect critically on organizational discourse analysis as an approach to the study of organizations and management, highlighting both its strengths and areas of challenge. We begin with an explanation of the nature of organizational discourse analysis and outline some of the more significant contributions made to date. We then discuss existing classifications of approaches to the study of organizational discourse and suggest that they fall into two main categories: classifications by level of analysis and classifications by type of method. We argue that both of these approaches are inherently problematic and present an alternative way to understand the varieties of approaches to the analysis of organizational discourse based on within domain and across domain characterizations. We conclude with a discussion of the challenges that remain in the development of organizational discourse as an area of study and point to some of the opportunities for important and unique contributions to our understanding of organizations and management that this family of methods brings. © 2012 Copyright Academy of Management.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Academy of Management Annals on 2012, available online:
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Departments: Bayes Business School > Management
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