Organizing (with) Thirdness. A Dialogic Understanding of Bicultural Interactions in Organizations

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dc.contributor Svenska handelshögskolan, institutionen för marknadsföring, logistik och företagsgeografi sv
dc.contributor Hanken School of Economics, Department of Marketing, Supply Chain Management and Corporate Geography en
dc.contributor.author Fougère, Martin
dc.date.accessioned 2011-03-02T09:40:23Z
dc.date.available 2011-03-02T09:40:23Z
dc.date.issued 2004-05-03
dc.identifier.isbn 951-555-835-2
dc.identifier.issn 0357-4598
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10227/188
dc.identifier.uri URN:ISBN:951-555-835-2
dc.description.abstract This conceptual paper examines bicultural interactions in organizations as they are experienced by the involved individuals. Notions from Bakhtinian dialogism are used in order to conceptualize the sensemaking opportunities provided by the encounter with a cultural otherness. It is argued that in such bicultural situations, because of the lack of intimate understanding of the other culture, the third element in the dialogic relation - ‘thirdness’, i.e. the relation itself, without which there would be no sensemaking potential - may be lacking as a result of the distorting combination of projected similarity and stereotyping, added to certain counterproductive organizational dynamics. Therefore, it is suggested that, to make the bicultural work interaction the rewarding relation it could be, thirdness should be coordinated by management in a way that can transcend the spontaneous negative dynamics of the confrontational situation. If management was to fail to organize (with) thirdness appropriately, bringing in a third party could be a possible alternative in order to initiate the necessary mutual understanding that should eventually lead to a fruitful work interaction. fi
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dc.publisher Svenska handelshögskolan sv
dc.publisher Swedish School of Economics and Business Administration en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Working Papers
dc.relation.ispartofseries 504
dc.rights Publikationen är skyddad av upphovsrätten. Den får läsas och skrivas ut för personligt bruk. Användning i kommersiellt syfte är förbjuden. sv
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dc.subject intercultural / bicultural interaction fi
dc.subject dialogism fi
dc.subject thirdness fi
dc.subject bakhtin fi
dc.subject sensemaking fi
dc.subject.other Supply Chain Management and Corporate Geography fi
dc.title Organizing (with) Thirdness. A Dialogic Understanding of Bicultural Interactions in Organizations fi
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