Managing to Learn: the Social Poetics of a Polyphonic 'Classroom'

Ramsey, Caroline (2008). Managing to Learn: the Social Poetics of a Polyphonic 'Classroom'. Organization Studies, 29(4) pp. 543–558.




This paper draws on Bakhtin’s use of Polyphony and explores it potential for organising processes within management education. In developing the concept of a polyphonic ‘classroom’, the interplay between tutor, manager-student and theory is related to Bakhtin’s identification of the relationship between hero, other characters and idea within Dostoevsky’s novels. In particular, a carnivalesque polyphonic relations is argued to change tutor-student relations, extend the physical classroom into a wider polyphonic ‘classroom’ that includes the manager-student’s work context and re-imagines learning as a changing, social poetic performance beyond common understanding of learning as cognitive processes of understanding or sense making.

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