Ann Cunliffe

Ann Cunliffe
Fundação Getulio Vargas | FGV · Escola de Administração de Empresas de São Paulo

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This essay is a provocation to debate. I argue that work in organization and management studies addressing how to theorize and construct ‘good’ theory is inherently masculinized and embraces a limited pluralism that ignores alternative, reflexive and more human ways of theorizing. As I will illustrate, most of the articles on the topic of theorizin...
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This is not an ‘academic’ essay, nor a philosophical treatise, but more of a short narrative essay – an interweaving of thoughts, interests, and literature that I hope will resonate and offer some provocations along the way.... I will explore the meanings of community initially through the work of John Shotter and Paul Ricoeur – and how, if we embr...
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Our contribution lies in extending theorizing on relationship quality, by illustrating how the interwoven relationships between a leader and ‘follower’ may support or disrupt relationship development over time. Based on a study of leaders and organizational members in high-tech start-up firms, we provide concurrently a broader, more in-depth unders...
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This collective essay was born out of a desire to honor and remember Professor Mark Easterby-Smith, a founder of the Management Learning community. To do this, we invited community members to share their experiences of working with Mark. The resulting narratives remember Mark as a co-author, co-researcher, project manager, conference organizer, res...
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ABSTRACT There are growing concerns about making our work matter in society and organizations, narrowing the theory-practice gap by doing research that has impact. In this paper, we suggest that there is more at stake than the issue of relating theory to practice, that we need to consider how we generate knowledge and think about its relevance. We...
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CFP for a Special Issue to be published in Management Learning. Title: "Experiencing communality and togetherness at work: Phenomenologies of a shared existence". Guest Editors: Ann Cunliffe, Ella Hafermalz, Lucas Introna, Aurélie Leclercq-Vandelannoitte, François-Xavier de Vaujany & Thijs Willems. Deadline for submissions: March, 1st 2022
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We examine an underaddressed issue in organizational research, the nature of the politicization of knowledge and its consequences for conducting research. Drawing on an illustrative case from a PhD research study and the underutilized theory of politicization, we go beyond previous work on politics in organization and management research to offer t...
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In this paper we address the call to situate organizational codes of ethics in practice and local values rather than authoritarian forms of control (e.g., Babri, Davidson and Helin, 2019). Drawing on Ricoeur's work on the capable human being, we develop the idea of embedded ethics, which we argue is a form of lived ethics situated in how people und...
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In this chapter, we introduce and review the concepts of reflexivity, radical-reflexivity, and transdisciplinarity and their relevance to responsible management education and learning. We argue that radical-reflexivity and transdiciplinarity highlight the complex, entwined, and multidimensional nature of our social and environmental realities and e...
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The chapter explores how we might educate caring leaders and the associated challenges and possibilities. We position leadership and caring as interwoven and a way of being in relation to others, rather than as a set of practices or techniques. Caring is thus created and expressed every day in our relationships, conversations and interactions with...
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We live in a world where we are experiencing an increasing number of environmental disasters, social injustice, corporate scandals, and questionable leadership ethics. The issue I would like to address in this article is how we, as educators and researchers, might respond to or engage proactively with these issues. One approach is encouraging our s...
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This slide relates to the article 'Working Within Hyphen-Spaces in Ethnographic Research: Implications for Research Identities and Practice' in Organizational Research Methods. It summarizes the agentic, relational, political and fluid nature of our relationship with research participants.
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This paper sheds light on an issue we all face, how to work with differences encountered in our everyday interactions with each other when the outcome of the exchange is not simply up to us. Our contribution lies in proposing the notion of anticipational fluidity, of finding ways of relating and responding to others as we orient ourselves to each o...
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This paper seeks to contribute to the debate around sustainability by proposing the need for an ecocentric stance to sustainability that reflexively embeds humans in—rather than detached from—nature. We argue that this requires a different way of thinking about our relationship with our world, necessitating a (re)engagement with the sociomaterial w...
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I argue that our academic work is becoming increasingly normalized through the gatekeeping activities of journal editors, funding bodies, ranking systems and so on. This is resulting in a narrowing of scholarship: of methods, of theorizing and of ways in which we write our accounts. I suggest that one way of addressing the situation is to build a m...
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I propose that the choices we make about the type of work we do as scholars are not just intellectual ones, they are intricately interwoven with who we are, made in poetic moments, in relation to others, and have political consequences in terms of our identities and career. This is particularly so for critical and reflexive scholars struggling with...
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This paper explores how we can embed impact in research to generate socially useful knowledge. Our contribution lies in proposing a form of engaged research that draws upon situated knowledge and encompasses dialogical sensemaking as a way of making experience sensible in collaborative researcher-practitioner conversations. We draw attention to the...
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Critically reflexive practice embraces subjective understandings of reality as a basis for thinking more critically about the impact of our assumptions, values, and actions on others. Such practice is important to management education, because it helps us understand how we constitute our realities and identities in relational ways and how we can de...
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In this chapter I explore the impact of John Shotter not only in Organization and Management Studies, but also in shaping my own work as a scholar and researcher, as well as who I am as a person. In particular, I highlight and elaborate on three threads that run through his extensive body of work: betweeness, knowing-from-within, and reflexivity. B...
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Gaining access in fieldwork is crucial to the success of research, and may often be problematic because it involves working in complex social situations. This article examines the intricacies of access, conceptualizing it as a fluid, temporal, and political process that requires sensitivity to social issues and to potential ethical choices faced by...
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Purpose – This short paper celebrates the tenth year Anniversary of QROM by highlighting the importance of continuing to build community and support for qualitative researchers across the world. It also elaborates the relationship between the journal and the biennial international Qualitative Research in Management conference. The paper aims to dis...
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Managers today increasingly find themselves facing unexpected problems, needing to learn how to cope with complex environments and to take action in an often chaotic flow of events. This article discusses how researchers can engage managers in a form of dialogical action research, capable of nurturing knowledge and change. This is achieved by creat...
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Organisational theorists have become increasingly interested in the creative industries, where practices that are commonplace are of particular interest to organisations in other sectors as they look for new ways to enhance performance. Focusing on the music industry, this book sets up a unique dialogue between leading organisational theorists and...
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The journal’s 2-year impact factor currently stands at 1.25 and the 5-year impact factor at 1.89 in the Thomson Reuters Journal Citation Reports (2014). In terms of 5-year trends, the journal’s mean 2-year impact factor stands at a healthy 1.37. As far as journal quality lists go, we await with interest the outcome of the revision to the United Kin...
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Introduction When we think of ethnography we surely go back to those classic organizational ethnographies, which generated rich, in-depth and fascinating insights into various aspects of organizational life: Elton Mayo’s famous Hawthorne studies (Roethlisberger and Dickson 1956); Melville Dalton’s (1959) study of power and politics in management, w...
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The theme of this year’s Academy is the power of words, and the Call urges us to consider the effect of our words, and the ways in which they are communicated, on others. This symposium addresses the theme directly by focusing on how words can make a difference in our research, in practice, and in our lives. The presenters are united by a common in...
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In this paper we explain how the development of new organization theory faces several mutually reinforcing problems, which collectively suppress generative debate and the creation of new and alternative theories. We argue that to overcome these problems, researchers should adopt relationally reflexive practices. This does not lead to an alternative...
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Ethnographers often find themselves wrestling with choices about their relationship with respondents: choices experienced by researchers engaged in many other methodologies. This article examines the agentic and political nature of those relationships using the notion of hyphen-spaces: a concept that offers a way of recognizing their complexity, ma...
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In this conceptual paper we argue that, to date, principles of responsible management have not impacted practice as anticipated because of a disconnect between knowledge and practice. This disconnect means that an awareness of ethical concerns, by itself, does not help students take personal responsibility for their actions. We suggest that an abst...
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Awards:RUSA Notable Business Sources 2014From agency theory to power and politics, this indispensable guide to the key concepts of organization theory is your compass as you navigate through the often complex and abstract theories about the design and functioning of organizations. Designed to complement and elucidate your textbook or reading list,...
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Purpose This paper aims to examine the use of a qualitative data analysis technique, the documentary method, in the development of knowledge in logistics. The value of the method is illustrated through an example of its application in a study of in‐store logistics processes at six leading European retail stores. Design/methodology/approach Extant...
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This article aims to make a contribution to the literature by addressing an undertheorized aspect of sensemaking: its embodied narrative nature. We do so by integrating a hermeneutic phenomenological perspective of narrative and storytelling with a documentary case taken from a filmed tour of a sports team to illustrate the process of sensemaking a...
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This article aims to extend contemporary work on relational leadership theory by conceptualizing leadership as embedded in the everyday relationally-responsive dialogical practices of leaders. Relational leadership requires a way of engaging with the world in which the leader holds herself/himself as always in relation with, and therefore morally a...
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The purpose of this article is to revision Morgan and Smircich's typology, taking into account the changes in organization and management theory over the intervening 30 years. Developments in metatheoretical perspectives, organization theory, research methods, and ways of theorizing mean our choices about qualitative research have become more compl...
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The special issue arose from the 2008 Qualitative Research in Management and Organization Conference, held at the University of New Mexico, to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of John Van Maanen’s (1988) book Tales of the Field. The theme of the conference, Telling Tales, reflected two of the core issues in the book—the need to think about the w...
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We are fortunate in becoming the new joint Editors-in-Chief of Management Learning for several reasons: first, because it is an honour and privilege to serve the community of management learning scholars in this vitally important editorial capacity; second, because we take on these roles at a significant juncture for the journal, namely the publica...
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The issue of teaching from a critical perspective is particularly important and challenging at the Executive MBA level, where students are senior managers in influential positions and often deeply enmeshed in prevailing managerial ideologies, structures of control and systems of power. Questioning taken-for-granted systems can be perceived as threa...
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Written to inform, challenge, and entertain, this book explains alternative ways of thinking about management and managing people in a way that is easy to understand, but also provocative and enjoyable. The book covers topics that are central to management, organizational behavior, or leadership courses–what managers do, motivation, communication,...
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This article maps the various interests and orientations of social constructionism as a basis for: (1) situating work in the field, (2) understanding differences in its interests and scope, (3) making deliberate choices about our own approach to social constructionist research and (4) thinking about how these choices might play through our teaching...
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The authors propose an alternative to the postmodern way of viewing metaphor primarily as an instrumental and functional rhetorical tool designed to influence members of an organization through ideological appeals, a view that depicts rhetoric as merely subjective and manipulable. Our alternative draws from the “aesthetic side of organizational lif...
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The Sage Course Companion on organization theory is an accessible introduction to a challenging subject area. This book helps readers extend their understanding of theories and make the connection between these theories and organizational practice. It enhances their thinking skills in line with course requirements and provides support on how to rev...
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In this article, the authors argue the need to go beyond the idea of reflective public administration to reflexive public administration. They explore the meaning of reflexivity, in particular self-and critical reflexivity, and suggest that reflexive practice is crucial to public administration because it can lead to more critical, responsible, and...
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Critically reflexive practice embraces subjective understandings of reality as a basis for thinking more critically about the impact of our assumptions, values, and actions on others. Such practice is important to management education, because it helps us understand how we constitute our realities and identities in relational ways and how we can de...
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Our aim is to stimulate critical reflection on an issue that has received relatively little attention: how alternative presuppositions about time can lead to different narrative ways of researching and theorizing organizational life. Based on two amendments to Paul Ricoeur's work in Time and Narrative, we re-story narrative research in organization...
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Organization studies uses "theater" as a metaphor for organization life in two ways: first as organizing-is-like-theatre, a perspective adopted by those who subscribe to a Goffman approach to organization dramaturgy; and second as the more literal organizing-is-theatre, a perspective adopted by those who subscribe to a Burkean approach. Our contrib...
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Over the last 20 years, social science scholars have challenged conventional conceptions of social reality, knowledge, and the validity of our methods of inquiry. Many have criticized the aim of mainstream social science to provide an absolute, objective view of the world and have called for a reflexive stance in which we recognize all social activ...
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Let us assume that meaning-making is not just a conceptual activity but a dialogical one, taking place in unmediated speech communication. Meaning-making becomes an intersubjective process occurring between us as we talk and listen to the voice of others and of self; as we try to figure out who we are, what we should do or have done, and how we rel...
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The author’s position in this article is that we create our social realities, meaning, and selves in embodied and situated dialogue. Given the premise that language is metaphorical and sense making a multiply constructed, dynamic embodied practice, then what are the implications for research? The author suggests social poetics is one research pract...
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Recent criticisms of management education have raised the need for a critical pedagogy in management studies but have rarely evaluated the possible implications for management learning and practice. Drawing from critical and social constructionist perspectives, I propose we need to ground critique by incorporating reflexive dialogical practice in m...
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My position in this paper is that talk is the primary medium of making sense of and constructing our social and organizational realities. In particular, I suggest we need to incorporate the discourse of everyday conversations into critical management theory because it opens up conventional research to new possibilities. Social poetics offers a way...
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In Conversational Realities (1993), John Shotter draws on social constructionist suppositions to conceptualize management as a rhetorically-responsive activity in which managers act as 'practical authors' of their social realities (pp. 148-59). From this perspective, organizations are reworked from permanent, independent social structures to relati...

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This RG community is devoted to the books, articles, conferences, projects and all events focused on the topic of “Phenomenologies and Organizations Studies”. We diffuse here recent texts and ideas about phenomenological, post-phenomenological and anti-phenomenological* research in management and organization studies. We cover in particular topics such as: - Organizing as an experience; - Work and management as lived experiences; - Phenomenology of time-space and organizing; - Experiences, events and becoming; - Embodiment, disembodiment, corporeity and intercorporeity as dimensions of work, management and semiosis; - Research methods focused on lived experiences, e.g. ethnography, autoethnography, collaborative ethnography and all active methods such as action science and pragmatic inquiries; - Emotions and affects as processes of becoming at the heart of organizing; - Reversibility and the experience of life; - Phenomenological approaches of History and “longue durée” ; - Materiality, new materialities, performativity and their relationship with experience; - Phenomenologies of animality, machinism and humanism; - Digital semiosis, digital technologies, cybernetics and post-humanisms; - Ontologies, ontogenesis, immanence, transcendence, humanism and post-humanism; - Topics such as life, death, silence, perception, depth, meaning, sense, narratives, aesthetics, art, consciousness, intentionality, agency, responsibility, hermeneutics, gestures, atmospheres, technologies, spatiality, temporality, semiosis, ecology, spirituality, music, entrepreneurship, strategy, information systems, communication, projects, craftsmanship, power, collaboration, community, commons, from phenomenological and post-phenomenological perspectives. Publications and debates grounded in Lambert’s, Oetinger’s, Hegel’s, Nietzche's or Kant’s seminal phenomenologies are welcome. Husserlian thought and Husserlian heretics are more than welcome. German, French, Italian, British, European, Asian, American, African phenomenologies, post-phenomenologies or ante-phenomenologies as well. The Existentialism of Kierkegaard, Sartre, de Beauvoir, among others, are also more than welcome. Idem for the indirect or sensible ontology of Merleau-Ponty, the hermeneutic phenomenology of Ricoeur or the political thought of Arendt. Critical, historical and comparative perspectives (about Marxism, post-Marxism, American Pragmatism, process studies, critical studies, structuralism, symbolic perspectives...) as well. We also hope to collect here thoughts about the influence of the variety of phenomenologies on social sciences and humanities at large, and management and organization studies in particular. Phenomenological and post-phenomenological perspectives are not a clear cut school of thought or set of ideas that could be ‘aximomatized’ (a process which would not be coherent with most experiential thoughts). We welcome here a diversity of documents and events around the broad dimensions defined in this short text which will be adapted through the emergence of our community. Do not hesitate to share here with us your latest thoughts about phenomenology and organization studies! The collaborators * By post-phenomenological, we mean here streams of thoughts that have extended and hybridized phenomenological ideas (e.g. Husserlian concepts). By anti-phenomenological, we mean here streams of thoughts that have been critical about phenomenology (very often, implicitly or explicitly, about Husserl) but whose meaning is often better understood with a strong knowledge of phenomenological constructs.