Theorising Narrative in Business History

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Abstract

This article, and the special issue that it introduces, encourages business historians to reflect on the narrative nature of the work they produce. The articles provides an overview of how and why narratives came to occupy such a prominent status during the linguistic and narrative ‘turns’ of the 1970s. It then compares the different conceptualisations of narrative analysis that have emerged in historical research and in management and organisational studies. Finally, this introduction points out various ways in which business history can become enriched if its practitioners become more aware of the communicative, rhetorical and argumentative character of their work.
This article, and the special issue that it introduces, encourages business historians to reflect on the narrative nature of the work they produce. The articles provides an overview of how and why narratives came to occupy such a prominent status during the linguistic and narrative ‘turns’ of the 1970s. It then compares the different conceptualisations of narrative analysis that have emerged in historical research and in management and organisational studies. Finally, this introduction points out various ways in which business history can become enriched if its practitioners become more aware of the communicative, rhetorical and argumentative character of their work.
LanguageEnglish
JournalBusiness History
Volume59
Issue number8
Pages1155-1175
ISSN0007-6791
DOIs
StatePublished - 2017

Keywords

  • Narratives
  • Narratology
  • Linguistic turn
  • Historical theory

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Theorising Narrative in Business History. / Mordhorst, Mads; Schwarzkopf, Stefan.

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