An interpretive audit case study

Authored by: Naheed Tourish , Rita Marcella , Dennis Tourish , Owen Hargie

Auditing Organizational Communication

Print publication date:  March  2009
Online publication date:  March  2009

Print ISBN: 9780415414456
eBook ISBN: 9780203883990
Adobe ISBN: 9781134122059

10.4324/9780203883990.ch14

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Abstract

Organizations are often viewed as solid, almost physical entities, whose legitimacy is rarely open to question, and which are amenable to fairly straightforward managerial interventions. Within this framework, communication consists of an exchange of information in and out of an organization. By contrast, in the communication perspective developed by Saludadez and Taylor (2006, p. 37), organizations are conceptualized as being ‘grounded in a social process of interpretation . . . Organization is created and recreated . . . in and through the everyday sensemaking activities of its members.’ They are therefore socially constructed phenomenon, and sites of struggle, domination, resistance, negotiation, accommodation and power.

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