Professional blinders? The novel as an eye-opener in organizational analysis

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Scholarly textbooks often follow a logic where suitable empirical cases are selected to illustrate the theoretical and analytical points that we as scholars want to make. But what would happen if we would do the opposite: build a textbook on a novel written by a novelist for such purpose and let the theories explain the actions and emotions of fictional characters? In this article, we share and reflect upon our experiences of co-authoring a textbook in organization theory together with a professional novelist. We argue that the novel can function as an eye-opener in organizational analysis, forcing us to look beyond more static and rationalistic perspectives on organizations as well as the stereotypes of such. We build and relate our experiences to the growing literature about using fiction in scholarly work and discuss the potential of such genre-bending work when we bring in flesh and blood into the analyses.


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Externa organisationer
  • Stockholms universitet

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Sidor (från-till)146-158
Antal sidor13
TidskriftCulture and Organization
Utgåva nummer2
Tidigt onlinedatum2018 aug 14
StatusPublished - 2019
Peer review utfördJa