De-essentializing the knowledge intensive firm: Reflections on sceptical research going against the mainstream

Alvesson, Mats (2011) De-essentializing the knowledge intensive firm: Reflections on sceptical research going against the mainstream. Journal of Management Studies, 48 7: 1640-1661. doi:10.1111/j.1467-6486.2011.01025.x

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Author Alvesson, Mats
Title De-essentializing the knowledge intensive firm: Reflections on sceptical research going against the mainstream
Journal name Journal of Management Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0022-2380
1467-6486
Publication date 2011-11
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1467-6486.2011.01025.x
Open Access Status
Volume 48
Issue 7
Start page 1640
End page 1661
Total pages 22
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract This paper provides an updated summary and discussion of my 1993 JMS paper 'Organization as rhetoric: knowledge-intensive firms and the struggle with rhetoric', and relate this to my own and others' later work in the area explored in the paper: knowledge-intensive work and discourse. A key aspect of knowledge work is the ambiguity of what it stands for, what people working with 'knowledge' are doing, and what they accomplish. This fuels identity uncertainties, which is also addressed and reflected upon in the paper. As part of my broader reflections, I also provide a brief overview of some methodological ideas on how to do problematization: a key theme in the original piece but which is more generally a research approach that may lead to contributions that generate interest.
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