Scandinavian Working Papers in Business Administration

University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg Research Institute GRI

No 2006:6: Elements of Narrative Analysis

Hervé Corvellec ()
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Hervé Corvellec: Gothenburg Research Institute, Postal: School of Business, Economics and Law, Göteborg University, Box 600, SE 40530 Göteborg, Sweden

Abstract: This article is intended to be an introduction to narrative analysis. It introduces key terms in narrative theory (e.g. story and plot), discusses various types of narratives relevant for social studies and features three selected analytical approaches to narratives: a poetic classification, a tripartite way of reading and a deconstructive analysis. The conclusion presents some reflections on narratives as ways to make sense of time. References have been selected as to guide the reader to further studies of narratives and narrative perspectives.

Keywords: Narrative; Methodology; Merger

23 pages, August 18, 2006

Note: Written to appear in: Gustavsson, Bengt (Ed) (in preparation) Knowledge Creation Methods. London: Edward Elgar Publishing.

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