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Engaging with the unknowable through narratives of personal experience

Simpson, P. (2010) Engaging with the unknowable through narratives of personal experience. Journal of Organizational Change Management, 23 (2). pp. 173-179. ISSN 0953-4814 Available from:

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Purpose: This paper explores the potential function of narratives of personal experience in engaging with unknowable reality. Design/methodology/approach: The paper draws on research on managers working with the unknown using narrative methods together with ancient and modern theories of knowing Findings: It is suggested that the unknowable is of importance to the leader of change and that narrative is a productive form of engagement with unknowable reality. Implications for leadership practice are identified. Originality/value: The role of narrative alongside a largely forgotten form of understanding, intellectus, is considered.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:leadership, narrative, uncertainty, contemplation, research method
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Business and Law > Department of Business Management
ID Code:12253
Deposited By: Dr P. Simpson
Deposited On:24 Nov 2010 15:03
Last Modified:29 Jun 2014 12:28

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