Managing discursive tension: the co-existence of individualist and collaborative discourses in flight centre

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dc.contributor.author Dunford, R. en_US
dc.contributor.author Palmer, I. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-12-21T02:37:46Z
dc.date.available 2009-12-21T02:37:46Z
dc.date.issued 2004 en_US
dc.identifier 2002000469 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Palmer, I. and Dunford, R. 2004 'Managing discursive tension: the co-existence of individualist and collaborative discourses in flight centre', Journal of Management Studies, vol. 39, no. 8, pp. 83-91. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0022-2380 en_US
dc.identifier.other C1 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/5331
dc.description.abstract Our study of the travel agency Flight Centre began as a case study of a company that appears to be a 'success story' in what is a highly competitive industry. In the course of our study we found that inscribed in Flight Centre were two, differing discourses which appear to co-exist in creative tension throughout the organization. One discourse is competitive individualism and the other collaborative teamwork. Our paper focuses on how Flight Centre has made use of multiple discourses such as these in the process of achieving competitive advantage, and how people manage the differing discursive logics which confront them on a day-to-day basis. The paper proceeds by identifying the social and textual practices which constitute each discourse. It then establishes the discursive co-existence and tension which exists between the two discourses. Study is made of the conditions under which this discursive co-existence is disrupted. We then identify the interpretative routines and practices through which organizational actors maintain and reproduce discursive co-existence. Our paper concludes by considering a variety of implications of studying multiple discourses in organizations. en_US
dc.publisher Blackwell Publishing en_US
dc.relation.isbasedon http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1473-6861.2004.00067.x en_US
dc.title Managing discursive tension: the co-existence of individualist and collaborative discourses in flight centre en_US
dc.parent Journal of Management Studies en_US
dc.journal.volume 39 en_US
dc.journal.number 8 en_US
dc.publocation Oxford, UK en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 83 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 91 en_US
dc.cauo.name Clinical Nursing: Practices and Outcomes en_US


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