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Talking Structure. The Shaping of Organizational Reality in Consulting Conversations

By Elke Weik and Stephan Habscheid


This is the author's final draft of the book chapter published as Weik, E. & Habscheid, S. Talking Structure. The Shaping of Organizational Reality in Consulting Conversations. In: Müller, A.P. & Kieser, A. (eds.), Communication in organizations : structures and practices, (P.Lang©2003), pp.47-64. It is reproduced here with the publisher's permission.In organization theory, bridging the gap between "micro" and "macro" has be-come one of the major theoretical endeavours since the late 1980s. Conversation analysis, sociopragmatics and related approaches in linguistics claim to make con-tributions to the explanation of social order right from their beginning by investi-gating how social (e.g. organizational) structure is (re-)established through the members' everyday activities. But since interaction is either conceptualized as autonomous systems (machinery, apparatus) or as human action (members' meth-ods) there is a terminological shortcoming due to the unsolved problem of action and structure as well. – As we will argue in this paper, based on empirical data from a study on systemic consultation, a combination of recent developments in organization theory, namely refering to the works of Anthony Giddens, with suit-able linguistic approaches provides a basis for linking aspects of "micro" and "macro" analysis in organization studies

Year: 2003
OAI identifier: oai:lra.le.ac.uk:2381/3811

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