Watch This Space: Working between Disciplines and Paradigms in the Scholarship of Organizational Gossip

By Kathryn Waddington.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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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.

Keywords: Organizational Gossip, Reflexive Inquiry, Psychodynamics, Unmanaged Spaces, Interdisciplinary Scholarship

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 5, Issue 9, pp.323-330. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 654.623KB).

Dr. Kathryn Waddington

Director of Interprofessional Practice, Interdisciplinary Studies in Professional Practice, City University London, London, UK

My academic discipline is psychology and my professional discipline is nursing; my current role as Director of Interprofessional Practice is embedded in the wider context of interagency collaborative working across organizational and professional boundaries. I am interetsed in the concept of gossip as informal knowledge-in-action, and its role in the emotion work of professional and interprofessional practice.


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