Storytelling in critical research

the tale of a business school

Suzanne Ryan, Ruth Neumann

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference proceeding contribution


This paper puts the case for the use of storytelling as a means of communicating research results. This is especially relevant to Critical Management Research where verifying results with the researched is an essential part of the research process, a process of attaining an 'ideal speech' situation. An example of actual research results is provided in the form of a story about the life of a business academic in times of institutional change. The paper concludes with a discussion of how the story was developed in line with criteria for successful st01ytelling and in the spirit of Critical Management Research.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 22nd ANZAM Conference
Subtitle of host publicationmanaging for unknowable futures
EditorsBruce Gurd
PublisherAustralian and New Zealand Academy of Management
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)1877040827
Publication statusPublished - 2010
EventAustralia and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference (24th : 2010) - Adelaide
Duration: 8 Dec 201010 Dec 2010


ConferenceAustralia and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference (24th : 2010)


  • critical theory
  • storytelling
  • research analysis
  • business schools
  • higher education system

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