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Pedagogy and the ‘linguistic turn’: developing understanding through semiotics

Musson, G., Cohen, L. and Tietze, S. (2007) Pedagogy and the ‘linguistic turn’: developing understanding through semiotics. Management Learning, 38 (1). pp. 45-60. ISSN 1461-7307

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The appropriation of the ‘linguistic’ turn and the application of social constructionist ideas for research projects situated in organizational contexts and concerned with managerial work has enriched the field’s understanding of the complexities of such settings and drawn attention to their processual nature. Using the unifying theory of a semiotic framework, we argue for a similar appropriation of the ‘linguistic turn’ in teaching projects, to give students of management a theoretically informed access to, and understanding of, this growing literature. Employing the understanding and vocabulary of semiotics as applied to metaphor, discourse and stories, we demonstrate how semiotic principles can be used to explore the mechanics of meaning making and expose the taken for granted assumptions inherent in this process.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: Copyright © 2007 Sage Publications. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self-archving policy.
Keywords: language, linguistic turn, meaning-making, semiotics, management education
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Social Sciences (Sheffield) > Sheffield University Management School
Depositing User: Repository Officer
Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2007
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2013 16:57
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1350507607073022
Status: Published
Publisher: Sage Publications
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1177/1350507607073022
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URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/1962

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