Deciphering “organisational discourse”

Published by Tony Quinlan on

One of the luxuries of working as I do is that I get to indulge my intellectual magpie-ery and work with academia as well as business.  It also means that I can research across disciplines, for instance using neuroscience/cognitive science to inform a better understanding and practice in effective communications.

Thanks to Svenja Tams at the University of Bath for this latest one – a workshop in Cardiff on “Organizational Discourse: Why it matters to managers”.


Organizational discourse theory has been applied to a range of managerial issues, including organizational change, inter-organizational collaboration, culture and strategy. A discourse can be understood as a body of knowledge that provides a language for talking about a topic. Discourses define what is “normal” and “acceptable”, effectively ruling in certain ways of thinking, talking and acting; and ruling out others. Discourses change over time and managers are regularly required to accommodate new discourses…

The workshop is designed to introduce managers to the concept of organizational discourse and explain its relevance in practice, drawing on a number of case studies from international research.

Here are the flyer and the call for papers.

Categories: Narrative