Narrative, organizations and research

Carl Rhodes*, Andrew D. Brown

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Given the rapid expansion of narrative approaches in management and organization theory in recent years, this paper investigates the contribution of this literature to the under-standing of organizations and processes of organizing. The paper tells the story of the development of narrative approaches in organizational theory. Narrative's contribution to substantive areas of organization theory is evaluated. These developments are then reviewed in relation to an ongoing tension between story and science. We conclude by contemplating some of the criticisms, and the future, of narrative research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)167-188
Number of pages22
JournalInternational Journal of Management Reviews
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2005


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