Tamara Journal of Critical Organisation Inquiry

Articles from Vol. 7, No. 1/2, 2008

Addressing Postmodern Concerns on the Border: Globalization, the Nation-State, Hybridity, and Social Change
ABSTRACTMany transnational scholars agree that the nation-state is not disappearing because of globalization, but rather is being reorganized, in part, to reflect the interests of a global marketplace. Postmodern perspectives on borders have been critiqued...
A Narrative Construction of the Organization by an External Party: The Nongovernmental Organization Narrative by the United Nations
ABSTRACTThe focus of this paper is the narrative construction of the nongovernmental organization (NGO) by the United Nations. How the NGO is conceptualized and communicated by a legitimate institution like the UN is critical for both the sustainability...
Dialogical Aspects of the Technologies of the Self in Organizational Analysis
ABSTRACTOrganizational evolution is presented in lieu of the concept of change, revolution, revitalization, etc. in that one can assert that organizations can only evolve, they cannot develop a new structure and paradigm from nonexistent precursors,...
Doing Business in a South African Township: Considering a Role for Ressentiment as Situated Narrative and Theory of Power
ABSTRACTThis paper argues for an interpretive approach to theorizing as more than merely the assertion of truth-claims but in addition, as a social process that narrates the ordering and simplification of reality effects. Mary Douglas' (1975) notion...
From Teachers to Professors: A Tale of Identities, Ideologies, Change, Conflict and Lots of Other Good Organizational 'Stuff' (a Work of Ethnographically Informed Scholarly Fiction)
ABSTRACTDrawing upon the genre of ethnographic fiction, this paper explores the challenges that occur when third- and fourth-tier colleges and universities seek accreditation from AACSB. Deans and change leaders normally see the process of achieving...
In Search of Montsalvatch: Making Sense of Interviewing Farmers
A FOOLS JOURNEYAccording to legend, Titurel, the keeper of the Grail, lived in Grail Temple at Montsalvatch on the Mount of Salvation. Titurel was reputed to be 400 years old before he was instructed to find himself a partner. He realised that he had...
Making Sense out of Bad Faith: Sartre, Weick and Existential Sensemaking in Organizational Analysis
ABSTRACTThrough a nuanced braiding of Weick's (1995) sensemaking epistemology and Sartre's (1957) phenomenological ontology, we propose an approach to organizational analysis which we label existential sensemaking. We first explore the potential to fuse...
Narrative Identity Work in a Medical Ward - A Study of Diversity in Health Care Identities
ABSTRACTA recent debate in identity studies is about gender of health care professions arguing that the feminization of health care professions will diminish diversity as well as status in the field. The paper argues that even in health care professions...
New Visions of Management from the Outer Limits: Yes, Virginia, There Is Dreamscaping at the Academy of Management (AOM)27
Just by proposing "new visions" as a theme, can we foresee new visions? Each generation has been having the illusion of futuristic new visions. A quick scanning of history reveals us, however, that many of the so-called new visions have suffered from...
Seduced by the Text: The Desire to Be Deceived in Story, Memoir and Drama
ABSTRACTThis article grows out of a feeling that, over the past ten years or so, the concept of story has become distinctly too comfortable. Ideas that once seemed crisp and provocative (e.g. "The truth of a story lies in its meaning, not in its accuracy",...
Software Engineers or Artists? Programmers' Identity Choices
A novice programmer was once assigned to code a simple financial package. The novice worked furiously for many days, but when his master reviewed his program, he discovered that it contained a screen editor, a set of generalized graphics routines, an...
The Role of the Media in the Co-Production of Identities in a Filmmaking Company
ABSTRACTThis article focuses on the role of organizational storytelling and identity formation of a Danish filmmaking company, Zentropa Entertainment Productions Company (a.k.a. Zentropa). Identity formation, as storytelling, is taking place in a context...
The Rural Poverty Trap: Which Way out for South Africa?
ABSTRACTRevolutionary movements in South Africa and elsewhere in the world were founded on the need to remove political systems that were considered as the root cause of poverty and suppression. Today, South Africa is a sovereign state and poverty remains....
The Story Behind Identities: From Corporate Discourse to Individual Recognition
ABSTRACTOrganizations can be seen as discursive places where language practices (developing, telling and restoring stories) flourish. Individuals usually develop their identity in this space, being influenced (choosing alignment or choosing counter-identity)...