Want to Read More?

Reading List

If you would like to know more about postmodern approaches to inquiry or are curious about one of the articles i mentioned in one of my posts, here is a reading list you might find helpful.


Gergen, K.J. & Thatcenkery, T. (2006). ‘Organisational science and the promises of postmodernism’. In: Hosking, D.M. & McNamee, S. eds. The Social Construction of Organisation. Liber.

Chia, R. (2003). ‘Organization Theory as a Postmodern Science’. In: Tsoukas, H. & Knudsen, C. eds. The Oxford Handbook of Organization Theory. Oxford: Oxford University Press, p 113-140.

Deetz, S. (2000). ‘Describing differences in approaches to organization science’. In: Frost, P., Lwein, A.Y. & Daft, R.L. eds. Talking about organizations. USA, Thousand Oakes: Sage.

Bentz, V. & Shapiro, J. (1998). ‘From Positivism to Postmodernity. In: Mindful Inquiry in Social Research. Sage Publications.

Gergen, K.J. (1999). ‘A profusion of practices’. In: An Invitation to Social Constructionism. Sage Publications.

On relations

McNamee, S. (1994). ‘Research as relationally situated activity: ethical implications’. Journal of Feminist Family Therapy, 6,3, 69-93.

Ceglowksi, D. (2002). ‘Research as relationship’. In: Denzin, N.K. & Lincoln, Y.S. eds. The Qualitative Inquiry Reader. Sage Publications.

Wright, T.A. (2006). ‘Toward the development of a truly relational approach to the study of organizational behaviours: further consideration of the committed-to-participant research perspective’. In: Kyrikidou, O. & Ozbilgin, M.F. Relational Perspectives in Organizational Studies. UK, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

Haar, D. van der & Hosking, D.M. (2004). ‘Evaluating Appreciative Inquiry: a relational constructionist perspective’. Human Relations, 57, 8, 1017 – 1036.

McNamee, S. (2006). ‘Appreciative evaluation in an educational context: inviting conversations of assessment and development’. In: Hosking, D.M. & McNamee, S. eds. The Social Construction of Organisation. Liber.

Abma, T. (2005). ‘Responsive Evaluation in health promotion: its value for ambiguous contexts’. Health Promotion International, 20, 4, 391 – 397.


Barry, D. & Elmes, M. (1997). ‘Strategy retold: Toward a narrative view of strategic discourse’. Academy of Management Review, 22, 249-452.

Boje, D. (1995). ‘Stories and the storytelling organization: A postmodern analysis of Disney as ‘Tamara-Land’.’ Academy of Management Journal, 38, 997 – 1035.

Fletcher, D. & Watson, T. (2007). ‘Entrepreneurship, management learning and negotiated narratives: ‘Making it otherwise for us – otherwise for them’. Management Learning, 38, 1, 9-26.

Action Research

Reason, O. & Torbert, W. (2001). ‘The action turn. Toward a transformational science: a further look at the scientific merits of action research’. Concepts & Transformation, 6, 1, 1-37.

Reason, P. & Bradbury, H. (2001). ‘Introduction’. In: Reason, P. & Bradbury, H. eds. Handbook of Action Research.

Reason, P. (2002). ‘Editorial Introduction’. Systemic practice and Action Research, 15, 3.

Mead, G. (2002). ‘Developing ourselves as Police Leaders: How can we inquire collaboratively in a hierarchical organization?’. Systemic practice and Action Research, 15, 3.

Parent, R. & Béliveau, J. (2007). ‘Organisation Knowledge Transfer: Turning Research into Action through a Learning History’. The Electronic Journal of Knowledge Management, 5, 1, 73 – 80.

Roth, G. & Kleiner, A. (1997). ‘Creating a Learning History’. From: http://mit.dspace.org/handle/1721.1/2666

Kleiner, A. & Roth, G. (1997). ‘How to make experience your company’s best teacher’. Harvard Business Review, September – October, 172 – 177.


Hardy, C., Philips, N. & Clegg, S.R. (2001). ‘Reflexivity in organisation & management theory: A study of the production of the research ‘subject’’. Human Relations, 54, 5, 531 – 560.

Rhodes, C. & Brown, A.D. (2005). ‘Writing Responsibly: Narrative Fiction and Organization Studies’. Organization, 12, 467 – 491.

Chia, R. (1996). ‘The problem of reflexivity in organisational research: towards a post-modern science of organisation’. Organisation, 3, 1, 31 – 59.

Kvale, S. (2002). ‘The social construction of validity’. In: Denzin, N.K. & Lincoln, Y.S. eds. The Qualitative Inquiry Reader. Sage Publications.

2 Responses to Want to Read More?

  1. Lily says:

    Yes, thank you Robin. I can use some of them for a paper I’m writing about this postmodern inquiry. If I find some other interesting articles, then I will post them here.

  2. Ted says:

    Thank you Robin for these extra articles. I am curious for them and I will read some of them!

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