Living story and antenarrative in organizational accidents

Jo A. Tyler

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The dominant narratives that organizations like to tell about themselves routinely compete with stories from the margins and shadows of an organization. In the case of a tragic workplace accident, an organization’s grand narrative of safety is especially challenged. In this chapter we slow down the events to examine the interplay between the historical narrative of safety and the living, emergent story of the accident and those involved. We can watch for attempts to preserve the dominant narrative, to force fi t the emerging story into an orderly linearity that will fi t neatly withinits structure, and see the energetic vitality, the aliveness, of the organic story (Tyler, 2007), an antenarrative (Boje, 2001) that actively pushes back against narrative linearity with spiral and rhizomatic movement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationStorytelling and the Future of Organizations
Subtitle of host publicationAn Antenarrative Handbook
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781136823770
ISBN (Print)9780415873918
StatePublished - Jan 1 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • General Business, Management and Accounting


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