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Making Space: Valuing Our Talk in Organizations


  • Ian W. King


This paper argues for a re-consideration of the value of process, here represented by the talk of organizational actors. It argues that the talk between organizational actors is an under-valued organization resource that presently in most organizations is allowed to slip way into obscurity because of its evanescent qualities. It argues this represents an unacceptable loss of a vital layer of organizational knowing, and illustrates this through the utilization of two contrasting case incidents. Accordingly, the paper discusses the potential of re-presenting talk as a means to prise open the space-between-words, and despite the limitations of contextual relevance, suggests these reflexive opportunities will develop deeper, richer and more novel interpretations of knowing. Copyright Blackwell Publishing Ltd 2003.

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  • Ian W. King, 2003. "Making Space: Valuing Our Talk in Organizations," Journal of Management Studies, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 40(5), pages 1205-1223, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:jomstd:v:40:y:2003:i:5:p:1205-1223

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