Gossip, Organization and Work: A Research Overview

Waddington, K. 2022. Forthcoming. Gossip, Organization and Work: A Research Overview. Abingdon and New York Routledge.

TitleGossip, Organization and Work: A Research Overview
AuthorsWaddington, K.
Abstract

The inter-related concepts of gossip, organization and work in the 21st-century represent an important idea whose time has come. This book sketches the interdisciplinary nature and history of gossip as a backdrop to and context for the next generation of researchers. It is necessary and important to think about gossip and organizations, not gossip in organizations, and reject the out-dated metaphor of ‘organization-as-container’ inside which communication ‘happens’. The landscape of work is changing rapidly, for example in regard to the so called ‘gig economy’ – new business models produced by digital platforms – and the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The changing idea of work, where it happens, and the longer-term consequences of what constitutes organization and organizations raise important issues about: (i) the relevance and value of pre-pandemic research; and (ii) the need for new approaches and paradigms to guide future research in the field. This includes a proposition – or provocation perhaps – that arts-based approaches to research and creative theorizing are another way to reveal and better understand the phenomenon and experience of gossip in the changing landscape of work and organization.

KeywordsGossip, organizational communication. arts-based research
Year2022
PublisherRoutledge
Place of publicationAbingdon and New York
Edition1st

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