Organisational Theatre and Polyphony: The Negotiation Bazaar

Linda Matula, Richard Badham, Stefan Meisiek

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Abstract

This paper details the conditions leading up to and influencing an organisational theatre intervention as part of an organisational change program at a newly established cancer clinic. The paper explores the social and political interactions and negotiations shaping the structure and conditions of the organisational theatre event. It focuses in particular on the alignments and clashes between the different human resource voices in defining the ‘surface’ formal purpose for the intervention and the embeddedness of such interactions and negotiations in ‘deeper’ cultural and social conditions. The paper provides the first in-depth longitudinal study of shaping and negotiation of an organisational theatre event and the ways in which it is influenced by a polyphonic multivocality and takes the form of selective and partial forms of harmonious expression in establishing meaningful cooperation. The paper reveals the limitations of existing two- dimensional approaches to the meaning and purpose of organisational theatre and illustrates the manner in which polyphony can play out in organisations.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2014
Number of pages41
Publication statusPublished - 2014
EventThe Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2014: The Power of Words - Philadelphia, United States
Duration: 1 Aug 20145 Aug 2014
Conference number: 74
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ConferenceThe Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2014
Number74
CountryUnited States
CityPhiladelphia
Period01/08/201405/08/2014
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