Reimagining Organizations

The Stories We Tell

James Hennessy


I have spent nearly 30 years in a storied organization, one with a renowned history and replete with shared memories of the past and desires for the future. While we do not usually think of organizations in these terms—as generators and repositories of profound remembrance and longing—we nonetheless experience such feelings every day and reveal them in the stories we tell about the lives we lead at work.

My curiosity about these stories, and particularly my organization’s past (hereafter referred to as the “Organization”), is what initially triggered my interest in nostalgia as a research topic; this later expanded to include postalgia, and the significance of ...

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