Interpretive unpacking: moderately destabilizing identities and images in organization studies

Alvesson, Mats (2003). Interpretive unpacking: moderately destabilizing identities and images in organization studies. In Edwin A. Locke (Ed.), Research in the Sociology of Organizations (pp. 3-27) Greenwich, Conn. ; London: Emerald Group Publishing Limited. doi:10.1016/S0733-558X(03)21001-6


Author Alvesson, Mats
Title of chapter Interpretive unpacking: moderately destabilizing identities and images in organization studies
Title of book Research in the Sociology of Organizations
Place of Publication Greenwich, Conn. ; London
Publisher Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Publication Year 2003
Sub-type Other
DOI 10.1016/S0733-558X(03)21001-6
Open Access Status
ISBN 0-7623-1004-9
ISSN 0733-558X
Editor Edwin A. Locke
Volume number 21
Start page 3
End page 27
Total pages 25
Language eng
Subjects 150310 Organisation and Management Theory
Abstract/Summary The paper reviews some basic themes in postmodernism and argues for a moderate incorporation of these themes in organization studies and methodology. This approach, named interpretive unpacking, takes issues of multiple and fluid meanings, ambiguities and fragmentation seriously without the a priori privileging of these qualities over assumptions of stable meanings and coherence in social phenomena. The suggested position is illustrated in the fields of identity and image in organization studies through a critical reading of a key text. Assumptions around identities, identification, beliefs, perceptions and images are here problematized and seen as themes for critical exploration and careful interpretive inquiry rather than as robust starting points for the formulation of hypothesis for testing.
Q-Index Code BX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown
Additional Notes Book Volume Title: Post Modernism and Management

 
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