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Communicative Dynamic to Reconstruct Paradoxes in Organizations

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abstract The paper explores the question of how paradoxes become reproduced in daily organizing practice. Based on a single longitudinal case study of changing a nursing department, we demonstrate not only historically how a specific paradox emerged, and was unfolded successfully. But more so, and inspired by social systems theory, we use a the concept of communicative dynamic to depict how the paradox was reproduced within the daily organizing in which it is situated locally. In our view, the communicative dynamic provides a promising approach to explore paradoxes within organizations for academics and practitioners alike. It contributes to the understanding of paradoxes as integral to organizational life to pursue both/and approaches and encourages a paradoxical lens on organizational phenomena such as change processes.
   
type conference paper (English)
   
keywords paradox, communication, hospital, social systems
   
project HealthCare Excellence
name of conference 26th EGOS Colloquium 2010 (Lissabon, Portugal)
date of conference 1-7-2010
title of proceedings Waves of Globalization: Repetition and difference in organizing over time and space
page(s) 36
publisher EGOS European Group for Organizational Studies (Berlin)
review double-blind review
   
citation Tuckermann, H., & Rüegg-Stürm, J. (2010). Communicative Dynamic to Reconstruct Paradoxes in Organizations. In Waves of Globalization: Repetition and difference in organizing over time and space, pp.36. Berlin: EGOS European Group for Organizational Studies.