Engaging with the unknowable through narratives of personal experience.
Journal of Organizational Change Management, 23 (2).
Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/09534811011031355
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.
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