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The body in the library: An investigative celebration of deviation, hesitation, and lack of closure
The University of Sheffield, UK.
Jagiellonian University, Poland.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5303-5544
2019 (English)In: Management Learning, ISSN 1350-5076, E-ISSN 1461-7307, Vol. 50, no 1, p. 114-128Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The unexpected, if still clichéd, discovery of a body in the library introduces Agatha Christie’s plot starring the genius amateur detective, elderly Miss Marple. We will use the same situation as the starting point of our article and investigation, promising both the unmasking of the culprit and the departure from the currently standard form of an academic text. In a self-consciously rambling and digressive text, we will touch on various issues relevant to writing what we consider good social science, and the difficulties in doing so. Firmly reaffirming the need for writing organization studies and social science in the narrative mode, we trace what we see as the decline in quality and joyousness of contemporary management journal articles, and attempt to demonstrate, both through narrative means and by more traditional academic reasoning, how and why it is important to embrace variety in the ways knowledge in the social sciences is constructed and communicated.

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Sage Publications, 2019. Vol. 50, no 1, p. 114-128
Keywords [en]
Culture, Fiction, Knowledge creation, Narrative, Tacit knowledge, Writing
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Economics and Business
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Economy, Organisation theory
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-76389DOI: 10.1177/1350507618780367OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-76389DiVA, id: diva2:1223575
Available from: 2018-06-25 Created: 2018-06-25 Last updated: 2019-03-14Bibliographically approved

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