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Relational Research and Organisation Studies

1st Edition

By Charlotte Øland Madsen, Mette Vinther Larsen, Lone Hersted, Jørgen Gulddahl Rasmussen


194 pages

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This volume lays out a variety of ways of engaging in research projects focused on exploring the everyday relational practices of organizing and leading is presented. The main focus is through elaborate examples from the author’s own research to further the understanding of how it is possible to carry out relational constructionist research inquiries. The book presents a series of examples ranging from conversations with top-managers, relational action learning processes in management groups, polyphonic inquiries for project management teams, transformative roleplaying in organizations, analyzing organizational dialoguing, and polyphonic future-forming ways of writing up research.


Relational Research and Organisation Studies does not only present and discuss guidelines for practice at a onto-epistemological level but also presents and discusses concrete cases of research projects building on relational constructionist ideas. Furthermore, excerpts of data are presented and analyzed in order to explain the co-constructed processes of the inquiries more in detail.

Relational Research and Organisation Studies invites the reader into the process of planning and carrying out relational constructionist research inquiries. Based on the authors own experiences, it inspires readers to develop their own relational inquiries within the field of organizing.

Table of Contents

  1. Studying organising through relational and social constructionist
  2. inquiries: Introduction and concepts

    Charlotte Øland Madsen, Jørgen Gulddahl Rasmussen, Mette Vinther Larsen & Lone Hersted

  3. Using adjusted responses to engage in research conversations with
  4. organisational members

    Mette Vinther Larsen

  5. Exploring unadjusted gestures and responses in research conversations
  6. with organisational members

    Mette Vinther Larsen

  7. Engaging in relational action learning processes – a way to make sense
  8. of everyday relational management practices

    Mette Vinther Larsen, Jørgen Gulddahl Rasmussen

  9. Polyphonic inquiry for team development, learning and knowledge production
  10. Lone Hersted, Charlotte Øland Madsen

  11. Doing relational research through roleplaying Lone Hersted
  12. Analysing organising as dialogical practices
  13. Charlotte Øland Madsen

  14. Working with data is a polyphonic and future-forming endeavour

Mette Vinther Larsen

About the Authors

Charlotte Øland Madsen is Associate Professor in the Department of Business and Management, at Aalborg University, Denmark.

Mette Vinther Larsen is Associate Professor in the Department of Business and Management, at Aalborg University, Denmark.

Lone Hersted is Assistant Professor at the Department of Learning and Philosophy at Aalborg University, Denmark.

Jørgen Gulddahl Rasmussen is a Professor in the Department of Business and Management, at Aalborg University, Denmark.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Management, Organizations and Society

Management, Organizations and Society represents innovative work grounded in new realities; addressing issues crucial to an understanding of the contemporary world. This is the world of organized societies, where boundaries between formal and informal, public and private, local and global organizations have been displaced or vanished along with other nineteenth century dichotomies and oppositions. Management, apart from becoming a specialised profession for a growing number of people, is an everyday activity for most members of modern societies. Management, Organizations and Society will address these contemporary dynamics of transformation in a manner that transcends disciplinary boundaries, with work which will appeal to researchers, students and practitioners alike.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Organizational Behavior