A Story about a Message that was a Story: Message Form and its Implications to Knowledge Flow

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Title: A Story about a Message that was a Story: Message Form and its Implications to Knowledge Flow
Author: Sinclair, Joanna Beth
Contributor: Hanken School of Economics, Department of Management and Organisation, Management and Organisation
Thesis level: Doctoral thesis
Belongs to series: Economics and Society - 215
ISSN: 0424-7256
ISBN: 978-952-232-095-7
Abstract: Knowledge Flow, my dear friend! I would like to introduce you to a close relative of yours: Organizational Communication. You might want to take a moment to hear what your newfound kin has to say.

As bright as you are dear Flow, you're missing a piece of the puzzle - for one cannot study any aspect of an organization relating to communication without acknowledging the message. Without a message, communication does not exist. Organizational Communication has always appreciated this. Perhaps the time has come for you to join rank and do so too?

The main point of this work is to prove that the form of a message considerably affects communication, interpretation - and knowledge flow.

As stories are at the heart of this thesis; and entertaining, reader-friendly communication its main argument, the entire manuscript is written in story form and is intentionally breaking academic writing tradition as far as writing style goes.

Each chapter reads as a story of sorts and put together they create a grand narrative of my journey as a PhD student, the research I have conducted and the outcomes of this work. Thus if a reader hopes to make any sense of this title, she must read it in the same way one would read a novel, from beginning to end.

This is a thesis with three aspirations. First, it sets out to prove that knowledge flow cannot be studied without a message. Second, it moves on to give the reader a once-over of a much used message form: storytelling.

After these two goals are tackled the path is clear to research if message form indeed is as essential as claimed. I do so through both a qualitative and a quantitative study. The former acted as both a stepping stone into the research area and as an inspirational pilot, from which the research design for the larger quantitative study was drawn. Together, these two studies answered my research question - and allowed me to fulfill the third, final and foremost aspiration of this study - bridging the gap between two separate fields of knowledge management: knowledge flow and storytelling.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10227/701
URN:ISBN:978-952-232-095-7
Date: 2010-10-05
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