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A critical discourse analysis of the new management discourse of virtual organisation

Burnett, Andrew (2008) A critical discourse analysis of the new management discourse of virtual organisation. MLitt(R) thesis, University of Glasgow.

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Abstract

Promulgated as a revolutionary new paradigm of management and organisation, virtual organisation has allegedly ushered forth an indispensable set of new organisational structures, practices, and relations that would have the power to effect not only radical changes in management and organisation, but also far-reaching societal transformation. To a significant extent however, the discourse of virtual organisation remains largely unstable, confused and disconnected, and moreover, frequently paradoxical. The thesis establishes and then addresses this condition by adopting a critical realist philosophy to access and explain the relationship between discourses of virtual organisation. The methodological framework for this examination is that of critical discourse analysis which enables a rigorous and systematic assessment of the theoretical principles underpinning virtual organisation against the discursive practice of practitioners. The primary research constructs and deploys a fieldwork strategy that uses a series of semi-structured interviews with professional managers to assess perceptions of the constitution of virtual organisation discourse. This analysis is done so in order to provide more satisfactory understanding and so improved conceptualisation of virtual organisation. The comparative analysis of virtual organisation discourse presents significant challenges for the development of virtual organisation as a robust theory of management and organisation in terms of its composition, coherence, and stability. The contribution to knowledge that the thesis makes is threefold; providing new knowledge about virtual organisation through better understanding of the emergence and constitution of the discourse of virtual organisation; offering a new approach to the examination of virtual organisation through critical discourse analysis; and establishing ideological underpinnings to virtual organisation discourse that would provide explanation for its instability and dislocation.

Item Type: Thesis (MLitt(R))
Qualification Level: Masters
Keywords: Virtual Organisation, Ideology, Critical Discourse Analysis
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Colleges/Schools: College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Management
Supervisor's Name: Warhurst, Prof. Chris
Date of Award: 2008
Embargo Date: 19 April 2013
Depositing User: Mr Andrew Burnett
Unique ID: glathesis:2008-299
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2010
Last Modified: 19 Apr 2013 07:18
URI: http://theses.gla.ac.uk/id/eprint/299

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