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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Discourse and Management

Critical Perspectives

ISBN 9781137300379
Publication Date February 2016
Formats Paperback Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave
Series The Palgrave Critical Management Studies Series

Discourse and Management offers a unique combination of discourse analysis and critical management studies.

Presenting a fresh perspective on organizational discourse, this book twins theoretical insight with hands-on advice on tackling methodological challenges. Packed with real-life examples and case studies, it explains how a critical, language-centred approach can help to explore issues such as identity, persuasion and power. It encourages critical engagement with theories, methods and concepts, providing practical tools for research projects and adaptable skills for self-reflection.

• Accessibly written and clearly structured.
• Assumes no prior knowledge of linguistics or discourse studies.
• Introduces key concepts and methodological tools for approaching discourse analysis from a critical perspective.

This is the perfect resource for advanced undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD students of organization and management, as well as researchers interested in adding critical discourse analysis to their repertoire of methods.

Gerlinde Mautner is Professor of English Business Communication at WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria) as well as Honorary Visiting Professor at Cass Business School, City University London, UK. 

1. The wood and the trees: Introducing discourse
2. Keep your distance: Doing discourse from a critical perspective
3. Untangling the web: Dealing with language data
4. The devil is in the detail: Language and itsmeaning-making resources
5. Might is right: Language and power
6. Who do you think you are? Language and identity
7. Siren voices: Language and persuasion
8. Mind the gap: A critical appraisal of critical approaches to discourse


This book is a timely contribution to the intersection of discourse studies, management and organization research. With a deep understanding of linguistic and applied discourse analysis and critical management studies, it is essential reading for students and scholars interested in applying language and discourse perspectives to a range of interesting organizational phenomena.' – Pekka Pälli, Aalto University, Finland
'It is very clear that Gerlinde Mautner is drawing on extensive experience of introducing students and researchers to the significance of critical discourse analysis for management and organisation studies. It is a delight to read and is quite simply the most engaging and accessible text of its kind.' – Jon Hindmarsh, King's College London, UK
'Mautner has written an excellent book, which fills a void in the literature. The approach and level of the writing makes this book most suitable not only for students, but also for researchers who want to learn about CDA and what it offers for the understanding of private and public sector management and organizations.' – Patricia A.L. Ehrensal, The College of New Jersey, USA
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