Stakeholder Interactions: Storying and Framing
All organizations depend on the existence of shared meanings and interpretations of reality, which facilitate coordinated action
We live, move and have our being, marinated in our own stories
Man is eminently a storyteller. His search for a purpose, a cause, an ideal, a mission and the like is largely a search for a plot and a pattern in the development of his life story – a story that is basically without meaning or pattern
It takes a thousand voices to tell a single story
Native American saying
Stories are very hard to ignore, especially good stories with vivid characters, intriguing and plausible plots, twists and turns, and unexpected endings. A good deal of interaction following the announcement of an organizational change involves storytelling (Brown, Gabriel, and Gheradi, 2009; Brown and Humphreys, 2003; Whittle, Suhomlinova, and Mueller, 2010). A major point of storytelling is to make sense – sensemaking – of a change and to give that sense – sensegiving – to others. This chapter will focus on how stakeholders interact about change through stories and through framing and the consequences those interactions have for how stakeholders come to regard their own stakes and the stakes of others. As David Buchanan and Patrick Dawson (2007) argue, “narratives are both about and become the change process” (p. 669). Stories capture the experiences of change, aid in creating sense of the world, influence ...