Stories for Management Success: The Power of Talk in Organizations

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We tend to assume that we may divide our activities into talk and action. In so doing we tend to suggest that talk is subordinate to action.

Taking issue with these presumptions, Stories for Management Success: The Power of Talk in Organizations argues that talk is central to what managers do. Indeed it argues that, for managers, ‘walking the walk’ necessarily implies ‘talking the talk such that storytelling is now central to managerial work’. Noting that managerial talk is increasingly located within an account of storytelling the book offers a critical review of the academic debates associated with telling tales at work and uses this critical reflection to shape and guide those who would realise the power of talk. Thus, the book concludes with six key questions designed to prompt both introspection and action on storytelling in an organized context. With reflections on the relevant management research, the author provides a scholar's digest to aid management thinking and practice.

This book offers an examination of the processes of organizational storytelling and has been designed to allow practitioners of management to recognise and in so doing to unleash the power of talk in organizations.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon ; New York
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Number of pages85
ISBN (Electronic)9781315161600
ISBN (Print)9781138062467
Publication statusPublished - 9 Mar 2018
Externally publishedYes


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