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PhD Course: Narrative inquiry in the organization: concepts, methods, publishing

Date: 13-14 May 2019
Time: Unit 1: 13 May 2019, 09:00-15:00
Unit 2: 14 May 2019, 10:00-14:00
Place: Unit 1: Room - 51.43
Unit 2: Room - 51.43
Both at SDU, Campus Kolding,
Registration: Was before 23 April 2019
Social Program:  PhD students will be invited to take part in a social program on May 13, in the afternoon. 
Literature:    Parts of the literature will be distributed by e-mail. Please get in touch with Klarissa Lueg - 
if you have trouble accessing the refenced litteratur 


PhD Course: Narrative inquiry in the organization: concepts, methods, publishing

Klarissa Lueg (SDU), Marianne Lundholt (SDU), David Boje (NMSU & AAU).



This PhD course introduces concepts pertaining to the narrative paradigm in organizational research. Together, the different modules of this course form a general introduction to how narrative angles can be applied in research in and around organizations (public and private). PhD students will gain insights into what narratological concepts can be useful in approaching different subjects of study. They will also learn what methods and instruments may possibly be applied and how to operationalize them.

The course acknowledges the importance of making conceptual insights publishable. We therefore set aside time, throughout this course, to discuss possible publishing outlets, publishing strategies and submission routines. The last day will end in a ‘Meet the Editor’ session with guest speaker David Boje.

Bio: David M. Boje is what Foucault calls a 'specific intellectual' and he is an international scholar confronting the 'regimes of truth' with his own storytelling paradigm. He created the field of “antenarrative” research. David was Editor of the Journal of Organizational Change Management for 14 years, and founder and editor of Tamara: Journal for Critical Organization Inquiry for 10 years. He was Co-Founder and Board Chair for the entire 25-year life span of the Standing Conference for Management and Organization Inquiry. He was past chair of the Academy of Management Research Methods division, winner of the New Mexico State University Distinguished Career Award, and currently holds NMSU’s highest rank as Regents Professor, and is Emeritus there. He also was awarded an honorary doctorate from Aalborg University in Denmark, where he is considered the “godfather” of their Material Storytelling Lab. In 2018, Boje gave over a dozen invited presentations on storytelling and the global climate crisis, in cities spanning 3 continents and 8 countries. He became Professor Emeritus at New Mexico State University January 2019.

Instruction Units





Unit 1

Lecture and group work:

Introduction to narrative theory & methods

13.5.2019, 9.00-15.00

Marianne Lundholt, Klarissa Lueg

Unit 2

Lecture and group work:

A critical approach to organizational narratives

Project discussions:

Meet the editor

14.5.2019, 10.00-14.00

David Boje



Bauriedl, S. (2007). How to read space: Methods for a spatial analysis in discourse research, Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 8(2).

Boje, David M. (2019). Organizational research: Storytelling in action. London/NY: Routledge.

Boje, David M. Blue Revolution: Business Storytelling and the Inevitable Water Apocalypse. UK/NY/Singapore: World Scientific Press. Access online at

Czarniawska, B. (2007). Chapter 15 Narrative inquiry in and about organizations. In D. J. Clandinin Handbook of Narrative Inquiry: Mapping a Methodology (pp. 383-404). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE. doi: 10.4135/9781452226552.n15

Hyvärinen,M. (2008) Analyzing narratives and story-telling. In P. Alasuutari, L. Bickman & J. Brannen (eds). The SAGE handbook of social research methods. London: SAGE, 447-460.

Kvernbekk, T. (2003). On identifying narratives. Studies in Philosophy and Education, 22(3), 267-279. doi:10.1023/A:1022869204722

Kvernbekk, T. (2014). Narrative research. In D. Phillips (Ed.), Encyclopedia of educational theory and philosophy (Vol. 1, pp. 565-567). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE. doi: 10.4135/9781483346229.n234

Lueg, K. (2018), "Multimodal landscaping in higher education research: towards an applicable framework", Das Hochschulwesen, 66(1-2), 13-17.

Lueg, K. (2018). Organizational changes towards a european academic field. A case study of frictions in the narratives of europeanization at a german university from an institutional perspective. Innovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research, 31(4), 484-503. doi:10.1080/13511610.2018.1490637

Toolan, M. (2001) Preliminary orientations. In Toolan, Michael J. Narrative. A critical linguistic introduction London; New York: Routledge, 1-15.

“Please also consider this writing-in-process by David Boje with several conceptual chapters on narrative. You are welcome to download the book here: “