Reflecting on Reflexivity: Reflexive Textual Practices in Organization and Management Theory

22 Pages Posted: 16 Apr 2008

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Mats Alvesson

Lund University

Cynthia Hardy

University of Melbourne - Department of Management

Bill Harley

University of Melbourne - Department of Management

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Abstract

This paper identifies four sets of textual practices that researchers in the field of organization and management theory (OMT) have used in their attempts to be reflexive. We characterize them as multi-perspective, multi-voicing, positioning and destabilizing. We show how each set of practices can help to produce reflexive research, but also how each embodies limitations and paradoxes. Finally, we consider the interplay among these sets of practices to develop ideas for new avenues for reflexive practice by OMT researchers.

Suggested Citation

Alvesson, Mats and Harley, Cynthia and Harley, Bill, Reflecting on Reflexivity: Reflexive Textual Practices in Organization and Management Theory. Journal of Management Studies, Vol. 45, Issue 3, pp. 480-501, May 2008, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1121091 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-6486.2007.00765.x

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Bill Harley

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