The field of organizational storytelling research is productive, vibrant and diverse. Over three decades we have come to understand how organizations are not only full of stories but also how stories are actively making, sustaining and changing organizations. This edited collection contributes to this body of work by paying specific attention to stories that are neglected, edited out, unintentionally omitted or deliberately left silent.
Despite the fact that such stories are not voiced they have a role to play in organizational analysis. The chapters in this volume variously explore how certain realities become excluded or silenced. The stories that remain below the audible range in organizations offer researchers an access to study political practices which marginalise certain organisational realities whilst promoting others. This volume offers a further contribution by paying heed to silence and the processes of silencing. These silences influence the choice of issues on organisational agendas, the choice of audience(s) to which these discourses are addressed and the ways of addressing them.
In exploring these relatively understudied terrains, Untold Stories in Organizations comprises an important contribution to the organizational storytelling space, opening paths for new trajectories in storytelling research.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction Michal Izak, Linda Hitchin and David Anderson Part I: The Silence, Subconscious, Meaning and Narrative: The Ecologies of Untold 2. Storying as the Meaning, and the Evasion, of Life: Reflections on When Stories Might Be Better Left Untold David Sims 3. Dr Harry Goes to Grantham: A Momentary Perspective on Narrative Construction, Omission & Interpretation David Rae 4. Hidden Truths: Using Literature to Explore the Untold Stories of the Corporate Subconscious Angela Lait 5. Marketing Beyond Seduction: Androgyny and the Untold Tale of Socially Responsible Advertising Jerzy Kociatkiewicz and Monika Kostera Part II: Untold Stories on the Social and Political Agenda 6. A Telling Silence: Beckett, Kafka and the Experience of Being Unemployed Tom Boland and Ray Griffin 7. Stories Gone Cold: An Analysis of Untold Organizational Stories Among Reference Librarians Mónica Colón-Aguirre 8. Story-Spaces and Transformation: The Caravan Project Maria Daskalaki, Alexandra Saliba, Stratis Vogiatzis, and Thekla Malamou 9. ‘I just want a job’: The Untold Stories of Entrepreneurship Lucia Garcia-Lorenzo, Lucia Sell-Trujillo, and Paul Donnelly 10. Aquifer Analysis: Told and Untold Stories in Warwick Churches Vaughan S. Roberts 11. How Stories Make It: Antenarrative, Graffiti and Dead Calves Gillian Hopkinson Part III: Untold Story and Methodology 12. Method and Story Fragments: Working Through Untold Method Linda Hitchin 13. Afterward: Untold Story Futures Linda Hitchin, Michal Izak and David Anderson
Michał Izak, PhD, is a Senior Lecturer in Management at University of Lincoln, UK. His research interests include emerging organizational discourses, Critical Management Studies, ﬁction as a reﬂection of organizational dynamics and organizational storytelling. He publishes regularly in peer reviewed journals and is a member of the editorial board of Organization Studies as well as a guest editor of forthcoming issues of Futures journal and Tamara Journal for Critical Organization Inquiry.
Linda Hitchin is a Principal Lecturer at University of Lincoln, UK, and a sociologist of science and technology. Her research interests include ethnographic methods, sociology of translation, sociomaterial studies and ontological politics of work.
David Anderson is a Lecturer in Management at University of Lincoln, UK. He has edited a special issue of Tamara Journal and is a reviewer for Journal of Management Education. His research interests include methodological anarchism, network studies, sociomateriality and relationality.