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Translating management ideas: a discursive devices analysis

Mueller, Frank and Whittle, Andrea 2011. Translating management ideas: a discursive devices analysis. Organization Studies 32 (2) , pp. 187-210. 10.1177/0170840610394308

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Abstract

This paper puts forward a discursive devices approach to analysing the linguistic practices involved in the translation of management ideas. The paper draws on empirical data from a study of a quality improvement initiative in a UK public—private partnership. To illustrate our argument, we examine the discursive devices skilfully employed by two change champions during a training session to introduce staff to the new quality regime. Drawing insights from the field of discursive psychology, we analyse how a variety of discursive devices, such as footing, are employed to translate the idea during dialogue between sellers and recipients. We suggest that skilful variation can play a relevant role in the translation of management ideas.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Uncontrolled Keywords: Organizational change; Discourse; Discursive devices; dialogue; Communication; Transfer of ideas; Translation
Publisher: SAGE
ISSN: 0170-8406
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2016 22:37
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/22156

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