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After Reflexivity: Ethics and the Writing of Organization Studies’

C Rhodes, Carl Rhodes

Organization Studies, Volume: 30, Issue: 6, Pages: 654 - 672

Swansea University Author: Carl Rhodes

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DOI (Published version): 10.1177/0170840609104804

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<p id="p-1">Building on existing considerations of reflexivity in research writing, this essai seeks to reappraise the concept of responsibility in relation to the ethics of post-representational research methodology in organization studies. Jacques Derrida's discussions of resp...

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Published in: Organization Studies
Published: Sage 2010
Online Access: http://oss.sagepub.com/content/30/6/653.short
URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa5215
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Abstract: <p id="p-1">Building on existing considerations of reflexivity in research writing, this essai seeks to reappraise the concept of responsibility in relation to the ethics of post-representational research methodology in organization studies. Jacques Derrida's discussions of responsibility and undecidability and Emmanuel L&eacute;vinas' distinction between the <em>saying</em> and the <em>said</em> are brought to bear on the ethics of the discursive construction of organizational research as a form of representing the Other. The essai argues that responding to reflexivity extends beyond textual practice and self-accounting towards a responsibility for the exercise of academic freedom. This freedom entails a radical openness that is operationalized in an ongoing reinvention that resists the institutionalization of the field of inquiry through a form of transformative knowledge. It is the legacy and promise of reflexivity in organization studies that can invigorate the imagination in research &mdash; its poiesis &mdash; as an ongoing project of saying the ethical.</p>
College: School of Management
Issue: 6
Start Page: 654
End Page: 672