"All relevant knowledge is narrative knowledge". Statements like this come more and more to the fore in the discourse on organizational knowledge and its management. No doubts, recently organizational narrations have attracted a lot of attention. For instance, Communities of Practice are assumed to stir and to distribute stories told among experts - stories that contain and transfer "narrative knowledge" of that community. Similarly, studies on technical knowledge transfer have shown that service technicians exchange their experiences primarily in the form of narrations. "Oral cultures" seem to have a major impact on processing knowledge in organizations.
These insights reflect on a more general level that organizations can be seen and analyzed as a complex web of narrations. It is widely accepted by now that narrations are one of the basic elements in organizational sense-making processes. Storytelling is the preferred "sense-making currency" (Boje 1994: 434) and the organizational memory system is also constituted, maintained and changed by stories. The focus on narrations seems to replace increasingly the conception of tacit knowledge that dominated the field for quite a while.
The notion of narration raises a lot of questions concerning the form and functions of narrations and how they are related to knowledge. Whilst in organizational studies the interest in narrations is relatively new, there is a long standing tradition in literature discourse and in the arts in general. For that reason it seems to be promising to include the art-perspective and to explore the aesthetic side of narrations as well. On the other hand narrations in organizations are certainly different from art, they are regular elements of everyday work life. It is exactly this tension between an aesthetic and a non-aesthetic understanding which makes the topic of narrations so appealing and difficult to capture at the same time.
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The workshop will take place in the new premises of EIASM (Place De Brouckère-plein 31, 1000 Brussels). These are located in the second floor of the Hotel Métropole .
The Hotel Métropole is marvelously well located right in the historical centre of Brussels, just a few steps away from the “Grand-Place”, the “Bourse” and the “Theatre de la Monnaie” and close to the central and north railway stations, that each have direct connections to Brussels International airport.
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* Citadines Apart'hotel
* Hotel Ibis (Ste Catherine)
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