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TITLE: The Rhetorics of the E-Business-"Revolution" Author:

By Till Mettig and Organisational Behaviour


It is shown that the "new economy " was propagated as an economic revolution. The paper explores the processes through which "E-Business " was conceived as an economic revolution rather than yet another technological innovation. Drawing on research on popular management concepts, it is suggested that proponents of "E-Business " were partly successful because they effectively used mechanisms of popularisation which had been well developed before for the purpose of disseminating popular management concepts. For a German context, it is shown that the same actors have been involved in the propagation of "E-Business " which have previously been identified as active participants in the dissemination of popular management concepts. These actors have furthermore used the same mechanisms for the popularisation of E-Business. A rhetorical analysis of management writings on E-Business reveals that these writings exhibit the same rhetorical elements which are characteristic for popular management concepts. It is therefore suggested that the perception of E-Business as an economic revolution stems partly from its successful propagation. Implications for both the further role of E-Business within management studies and the understanding of popular management concepts are discussed. Keywords

Topics: E-Business, Popular Management Concepts, Rhetorics- 1-Submission No 12764
Year: 2003
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