A Discourse Activist Perspective
It was an interdisciplinary research seminar on the topic “a discourse activist perspective on organizational storytelling”, which was organized on the occasion of renowned storytelling scholar David Boje’s visit to Aalborg University. The participants discussed storytelling from its potential to foster organizational reflexivity, action and change in organizations. Narratives, stories, discourse, power, politics, materiality and ethics came together to form perspectives on sustainability and authentic “true” stories and how these can inform our activities in reshaping organizational realities, identities and structures.
Prime focus and ethical scope
The center of attention was how discourse scholars can oscillate between diverse discursive organizational levels spanning from local here-and-now situations to broader organizational, political and societal spheres. The ethical scope was to challenge organizational crystallized ways of saying and doing things together with the socio material and political practices that such activities are embedded in.
International and interdisciplinary seminar
The seminar had participation of scholars from US, Finland, Sweden and Denmark as wells people from organization and strategy, international business, business economics, tourism research, communication, planning and culture and global studies. At the seminar there were presentations from:
- David M. Boje, New Mexico State University
- Teppo Sintonen, University of Jyväskylä
- Marita Svane, Aalborg University
- Ann Starbæk Bager, Aalborg University
- Lars Bo Henriksen, Aalborg University
- Emelie Adamsson, Stockholm Business School, Stockholm University
- Kenneth Mølbjerg Jørgensen, Aalborg University (organizer of the seminar)