Watch this space: Working between disciplines and paradigms in the scholarship of organizational gossip

Waddington, K. 2011. Watch this space: Working between disciplines and paradigms in the scholarship of organizational gossip. International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences. 5 (9), pp. 323-330.

TitleWatch this space: Working between disciplines and paradigms in the scholarship of organizational gossip
AuthorsWaddington, K.
Abstract

Gossip has historically been neglected as a subject of research, seen as trivial discourse unworthy of serious academic attention and debate, but the picture is changing. Gossip is now attracting increasing attention in management and organization studies, for example in relation to its constitutive role in organizing and sensemaking. Gossip occurs in the ‘unmanaged spaces’ of organizations and can be theoretically understood using a psychodynamically informed approach which involves (i) careful reflection on one’s practice; and (ii) borrowing concepts from other disciplines. Rather than leaping across paradigms and disciplines it is important to stay and work within the spaces in between, where reflexive and creative thought, fresh ideas, insights and intuition can emerge. The paper presents a framework for advancing the theoretical and practical understandings of organizational gossip and concludes by identifying areas for future research developments.

KeywordsGossip, interdisciplinary scholarship, reflexivity
JournalInternational Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences
Journal citation5 (9), pp. 323-330
ISSN1833-1882
Year2011
PublisherCommon Ground
Web address (URL)http://iji.cgpublisher.com/product/pub.88/prod.1280
Publication dates
Published2011

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