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Taking the linguistic turn seriously: strategy as a multifaceted and interdiscursive phenomenon

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>2010
<mark>Journal</mark>Advances in Strategic Management
Volume27
Number of pages22
Pages (from-to)29-50
Publication statusPublished
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Although we have seen a proliferation of studies examining the discursive aspects of strategy, the full potential of the linguistic turn has not yet been realized. This paper argues for a multifaceted interdiscursive approach that can help to go beyond simplistic views on strategy as unified discourse and pave the way for new research efforts. At the metalevel, it is important to focus attention on struggles over competing conceptions of strategy in this body of knowledge. At the mesolevel it is interesting to examine alternative strategy narratives to better understand the polyphony and dialogicality in organizational strategizing. At the microlevel, it is useful to reflect on the rhetorical tactics and skills that are used in strategy conversations to promote or resist specific views. This paper calls for new focused analyses at these different levels of analysis, but also for studies of the processes linking these levels.