Narratives in and around Organizations

The course explores Narratives in and around Organizations with specific focus on “counter-narratives”. The course is based on researchers’ own interdisciplinary studies within the field and will cover topics such as management communication, employee interaction, stakeholder communication and organizational identity.

Professor David Boje, who is one of the leading scholars in organizational storytelling, will be invited as a guest speaker.

The course will be a combination of a conceptual introduction to organizational and narrative research (morning sessions), case studies (afternoon sessions) and practical work in class on cases. The case studies will focus on organizational communication in private as well as public organizations and require students to identify the parameters of the given problem and propose a solution to the case.
The course are based on the researchers’ own case studies. Various organizations (public, private and NGOs) will appear as cases, such as LEGO, Danfoss and The week will be finalized by exam preparations where the students will get final input.

As a preparation for the course, the students will be asked to:

1. Prepare a short text (500 words) with various definitions of narratives based on literature provided for the course.
2. Bring a case or describe a situation where narratives have been applied in an organizational context.

Exam: A take-home exam to be submitted digitally. This means that you can submit your paper from your home country. 

You can find the course description here.


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