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Organization as rhetoric : Ambiguity in knowledge-intensive companies

Alvesson, Mats LU (1993) In Journal of Management Studies 30(6). p.997-1015
Abstract
This article discusses the concepts of knowledge-intensive workers and firms. the functional view is questioned and a perspective on knowledge as institutionalized myth and rationality-surrogate is proposed. the ambiguity of knowledge work is emphasized and it is argued that a crucial dimension of a knowledge-intensive organization concerns the struggle with this ambiguity, which leads to efforts to refine various rhetorical strategies. Besides those stressing knowledge, science and rationality, the article points to rhetoric describing employees in knowledge-intensive firms as possessing other personal qualities and orientations than personnel employed in bureaucracies.
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Journal of Management Studies
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997 - 1015
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Wiley-Blackwell
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1467-6486
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10.1111/j.1467-6486.1993.tb00476.x
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English
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