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The Styles and the Stylists of Organization Theory

Barbara Czarniawska

in The Oxford Handbook of Organization Theory

Published in print March 2005 | ISBN: 9780199275250
Published online September 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199275250.003.0009

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Business and Management

 The Styles and the Stylists of Organization Theory

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Organization theory has many excellent stylists, probably due to its much lamented plurality. This article quotes several exemplars of style-as-theory or perhaps style-as-method, to show that there is a vast repertoire to choose from and to expand. This article adds that this is a posteriori judgment: there are no ‘styles that persuade’, only ‘styles that have persuaded’ — some readers, at a certain place, at a certain time. This article focuses on native English writers, not because they are the only ones to develop a style, but because a rhetorical analysis performed in English on a text written in another language borders on absurdity, and the same analysis applied to a translation from another language raises a host of doubts as to whose style is under description. All analyses are language bound, but a rhetorical one even more so.

Keywords: organization theory; stylists; style-as-theory; style-as-method; rhetorical analysis

Article.  11319 words. 

Subjects: Business and Management ; Organizational Theory and Behaviour ; Business History

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