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
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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