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Tamara: Journal for Critical Organization Inquiry

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Year 2015 
Volume 13 
Issue 1-2

Crossing chronotopes in the polyphonic organisation: Adventures in Experience

Paul Sullivan
University of Bradford

Anna Madill
University of Leeds, UK

Maxine Glancy
BBC Research & Development

Penelope Allen
BBC Research & Development

2015 13 (1-2) Tamara: Journal for Critical Organization Inquiry

Abstract

The ‘Polyphonic Organisation’ is an emerging root-metaphor for the multiple voices that constitute an organisation. In this article, we explore the narrative concept of the ‘chronotope’ as a feature of the ‘polyphonic organisation’. The ‘chronotope’, in a general sense, refers to the matrix of time-space-value in organisations. We argue that the chronotope is important because it introduces boundaries between voices within organisations and helps to explain the difficulties in getting to dialogue with voices in different spaces in the ‘Polyphonic Organisation’. More particularly, there are multiple kinds of chronotopes which lead to different kinds of time-spaces matrices within the polyphonic organisation. Our aim is to examine chronotope crossings within polyphonic organisations as part of the work of being heard. This is a theoretical argument drawing significantly from Bakhtin’s work on chronotope. To examine the argument in practice we draw on original fieldwork within the comedy industry. Here we found three kinds of chronotopes: 1) The comedy-offense boundary; 2) The commissioning landscape 3) Platform spaces. We also found that moving within and between these involved a variety of adventures in experience (such as hope and disappointment), which also have their own specific chronotopes. Overall, we argue that the polyphonic organisation is significantly enhanced as an organisational concept through a turn to the role of chronotope. This is because chronotope helpfully describes the barriers and porous boundaries between voices.

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Crossing chronotopes in the polyphonic organisation: Adventures in Experience. (2015). Crossing chronotopes in the polyphonic organisation: Adventures in Experience. Tamara: Journal For Critical Organization Inquiry, 13(1-2), 55-65. (Original work published 2015)

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“Crossing Chronotopes In The Polyphonic Organisation: Adventures In Experience”. 2015. Tamara: Journal For Critical Organization Inquiry, vol. 13, no. 1-2, 2015, pp. 55-65.

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“Crossing Chronotopes In The Polyphonic Organisation: Adventures In Experience”. Tamara: Journal For Critical Organization Inquiry, Tamara: Journal for Critical Organization Inquiry, 13, no. 1-2 (2015): 55-65.