Writing organization/romancing fictocriticism

Carl Rhodes*

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A provocation … the minds of my generation of organizational theorists are haunted by the spectre of scientific discourse, shoehorned into dry genres, bullied by audit regimes that try to wring the passion out of thought. Without gaiety, the science that calls us has no exuberance, it cannot dance. What are the possibilities for writing about organizations that allows the heart's instincts to be followed, the vast possibilities of expression to be explored and enjoyed? I explore this through a form of writing known as fictocriticism – a writing engaged in genre-bending as a literary and theoretical engagement with existence and selfhood. Why import this term into organization studies? Might fictocriticism have some value to ‘us’ who locate ourselves here? I am engaging in a form of romance; a courtship of ideas from elsewhere. What might result from this union is not clear, but it offers hope, excitement and promise.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)289-303
Number of pages15
JournalCulture and Organization
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 8 Aug 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • experimental writing
  • fictocriticism
  • genre
  • moving
  • organization studies
  • writing


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