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Co-creating stories : collaborative experiments in storytelling


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Gabriel, Y. and Connell, N. A. D. (C.), 2010. Co-creating stories : collaborative experiments in storytelling. Management Learning, 41 (5), pp. 507-523.

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    http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1350507609358158

    Abstract

    This article reports on an experiment in collaborative storytelling inspired by the Japanese art of ‘renga’. A renga consists of several stanzas, each composed by a different poet, each seeking to find his/her own voice within a text that is jointly created and jointly owned. The chemist Djerassi has argued that by co-creating a prose version of the renga, a community of practitioners can explore dilemmas and views that would be unacceptable otherwise. He refers to this genre as ‘science-in-fiction’—one in which fiction offers licence to address potentially embarrassing, dangerous or taboo topics. Following Djerassi’s approach, the authors coordinated two rengas composed by groups of scholars interested in using stories to research social reality. The article analyses these two rengas, linking them to the genre of fictionalized ethnography pioneered in organizational studies by Watson and Czarniawska. It also discusses the pedagogic potential of such stories as vehicles of management learning.

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    Item Type Articles
    CreatorsGabriel, Y.and Connell, N. A. D. (C.)
    DOI10.1177/1350507609358158
    DepartmentsSchool of Management
    Research CentresWork and Employment Research Centre (WERC)
    Publisher StatementGabriel_and_Connell_Management_Learning_2010.pdf: ©Sage. This item embargoed for 12 months at the publisher's request. Gabriel, Y., Connell, N. A. D., 2010. Co-creating stories: Collaborative experiments in storytelling. Management Learning, 41(5), 507-523. Available from http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1350507609358158
    RefereedYes
    StatusPublished
    ID Code19673

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