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Reflections on reflexive theorizing: the need for a little more conversation

Cutcher, Leanne, Hardy, Cynthia, Riach, Kathleen and Thomas, Robyn 2020. Reflections on reflexive theorizing: the need for a little more conversation. Organization Theory 1 (3) 10.1177/2631787720944183

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Abstract

We investigate the nature and impact of recent ‘reflexive theorizing’ in the field of Organization Studies by examining articles that critically reflect on research, practice and the profession more generally with a view to defining, refining or changing future trajectories for the field. We identify a range of discursive practices used in these articles to establish authority, describe the field and make claims about the nature of theorizing. We then present three ‘ideal types’ that represent particular constellations of these discursive practices. We interrogate each of these ideal types in order to demonstrate how particular combinations of discursive practices can limit the potential of reflexive theorizing by shutting down conversations. Finally, we make a number of suggestions for weaving together discursive practices in ways that help to ensure that reflexive theorizing generates new forms of knowledge through conversations which are open to a wider range of voices, and where respect and generosity are evident.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Publisher: SAGE
ISSN: 2631-7877
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 8 July 2020
Date of Acceptance: 1 July 2020
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2021 16:45
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/133247

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