Bringing Purpose to Life: Reflexive Thoughts and Possibilities

Warwick, Robert and Pete, Burden (2018) Bringing Purpose to Life: Reflexive Thoughts and Possibilities. TAMARA Journal of Critical Organization Inquiry, 16 (1-2). pp. 13-24. ISSN 1532-5555

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Organisational purpose is an important topic. It comes up regularly in leadership and management conversations. We pay attention to a tendency to consider purpose as something static, abstract and reified. Despite a natural desire to simplify, and referencing Peirce, Stacey and others, we show the complex shifting of meaning. It is relational, emerging within, and between, people. Context, the passing of time and local interpretations are important themes in considering the utility of what we might call purpose.

Here we use a reflective autoethnographic approach to illustrate our ideas, arguing against the separation of subjectivity and objectivity, and for a process-oriented way of thinking of purpose in leadership and management.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
Divisions: Departments > Business School
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Depositing User: Rob Warwick
Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2019 14:46
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2020 12:34

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