'If i should fall from grace...': Stories of Change and Organizational Ethics

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dc.contributor.author Rhodes, CH
dc.contributor.author Pullen, A
dc.contributor.author Clegg, SR
dc.date.accessioned 2010-05-28T09:58:17Z
dc.date.issued 2010-01
dc.identifier.citation Journal of Business Ethics, 2010, 91 (4), pp. 457 - 614
dc.identifier.issn 0167-4544
dc.identifier.other C1 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/10670
dc.description.abstract Although studies in organizational storytelling have dealt extensively with the relationship between narrative, power and organizational change, little attention has been paid to the implications of this for ethics within organizations. This article addresses this by presenting an analysis of narrative and ethics as it relates to the practice of organizational downsizing. Drawing on Paul Ricoeurs theories of narrative and ethics, we analyze stories of organizational change reported by employees and managers in an organization that had undergone persistent downsizing. Our analysis maintains that the presence of a dominant story that seeks to legitimate organizational change also serves to normalize it, and that this, in turn, diminishes the capacity for organizations to scrutinize the ethics of their actions. We argue that when organizational change narratives become singularized through dominant forms of emplotment, ethical deliberation and responsibility in organizations are diminished. More generally, we contend that the narrative closure achieved by the presence of a dominant narrative amongst employees undergoing organizational change is antithetical to the openness required for ethical questioning.
dc.publisher Springer
dc.relation.hasversion Accepted manuscript version
dc.relation.isbasedon 10.1007/s10551-009-0098-9
dc.rights The original publication is available at www.springerlink.com en_US
dc.title 'If i should fall from grace...': Stories of Change and Organizational Ethics
dc.type Journal Article
dc.parent Journal of Business Ethics
dc.journal.volume 4
dc.journal.volume 91
dc.journal.number 4 en_US
dc.publocation Dordrecht, Netherlands en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 457 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 614 en_US
dc.cauo.name BUS.School of Management en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 1503 Business and Management
dc.personcode 960853
dc.personcode 980438
dc.personcode 998191
dc.percentage 100 en_US
dc.classification.name Business and Management en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.edition en_US
dc.custom en_US
dc.date.activity en_US
dc.location.activity en_US
dc.description.keywords ethics in organizations - organizational storytelling - organizational change - narrative - downsizing - Ricoeur en_US
dc.description.keywords ethics in organizations - organizational storytelling - organizational change - narrative - downsizing - Ricoeur
dc.description.keywords ethics in organizations - organizational storytelling - organizational change - narrative - downsizing - Ricoeur
pubs.embargo.period Not known
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Faculty of Business
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Faculty of Business/School of Management
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Strength - Management and Organisation Studies


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