Reflections on Reflexive Theorizing: The Need for A Little More Conversation
AuthorCutcher, L; Hardy, C; Riach, K; Thomas, R
Source TitleOrganization Theory
PublisherSage Publications Ltd.
University of Melbourne Author/sHardy, Cynthia
AffiliationManagement and Marketing
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsCutcher, L., Hardy, C., Riach, K. & Thomas, R. (2020). Reflections on Reflexive Theorizing: The Need for A Little More Conversation. Organization Theory, 1 (3), pp.263178772094418-263178772094418. https://doi.org/10.1177/2631787720944183.
Access StatusOpen Access
We investigate the nature and impact of recent ‘reflexive theorizing’ in the field of Organization Studies by examining articles that critically reflect on research, practice and the profession more generally with a view to defining, refining or changing future trajectories for the field. We identify a range of discursive practices used in these articles to establish authority, describe the field, and make claims about the nature of theorizing. We then present three ‘ideal types’ that represent particular constellations of these discursive practices. We interrogate each of these ideal types in order to demonstrate how particular combinations of discursive practices can limit the potential of reflexive theorizing by shutting down conversations. Finally, we make a number of suggestions for weaving together discursive practices in ways that help to ensure that reflexive theorizing generates new forms of knowledge through conversations which are open to a wider range of voices, and where respect and generosity are evident.
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