|Title||Gossip, Organization and Work: A Research Overview|
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.
|Keywords||Gossip, organizational communication. arts-based research|
|Place of publication||Abingdon and New York|