Resistance, Resonance and Restoration: How Generative Stories Shape Organisational Futures

International Journal of Professional Management, Volume 12, Issue 3 (2017), 22-31

18 Pages Posted: 12 Feb 2019 Last revised: 1 Jul 2019

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Michelle LeBaron

University of British Columbia - Faculty of Law

Nadja Marie Alexander

Singapore Management University - School of Law; Singapore Management University - Centre for AI & Data Governance

Date Written: May 5, 2017

Abstract

Stories are powerful. They reflect our past and shape our futures, but are never complete. Stories connect us to people in organisations – present and past – with whom we feel belonging, and disconnect us from others. Always abstractive, they give incomplete pictures of what was, weaving past accounts into what is and what will be. Because choice-points in storytelling are mostly unconscious, biases and perceptions are always part of narration, tending to reinforce preferred images, identities and trajectories. Storytelling habits, in turn, often accent negative histories and escalate conflict.

Because stories are so powerful, it is essential to critically examine how they function in organisations, and to develop ways of supporting generative, inclusive stories.

Suggested Citation

LeBaron, Michelle and Alexander, Nadja Marie, Resistance, Resonance and Restoration: How Generative Stories Shape Organisational Futures (May 5, 2017). International Journal of Professional Management, Volume 12, Issue 3 (2017), 22-31. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3327053

Michelle LeBaron

University of British Columbia - Faculty of Law ( email )

1822 East Mall
Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1Z1
Canada

Nadja Marie Alexander (Contact Author)

Singapore Management University - School of Law ( email )

55 Armenian Street
Singapore, 179943
Singapore

Singapore Management University - Centre for AI & Data Governance ( email )

55 Armenian Street
Singapore
Singapore

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