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‘Inter-bridging’: Bridges and bridging as metaphors for ‘syn-integrality’ in organization studies and practice
Karlshochschule International University, Karlsruhe, Germany.
University of Hagen, Germany.
University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia.
2015 (English)In: Integral Review, ISSN 1553-3069, E-ISSN 1553-3069, Vol. 11, no 3, p. 117-137Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

By interpreting the bridge as a relational metaphor, and reflecting an interrelational ‘space between’ of positions, the paper contributes to a different view of integrating pluralism in organization studies. Following an embodied realism, first bridges and bridging are presented as phenomena, media and metaphors for connecting and separating. Showing their ambivalent character the role of bridges as metaphors and metaphors as bridges are discussed in relation to organisation studies and as transition zones for paradigms. Based on an integrative orientation, mediating qualities of bridges and bridging are outlined for gaining a decentered, but interconnected understanding of organising. The final part discusses some implications for organization studies.

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Arina , 2015. Vol. 11, no 3, p. 117-137
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bridges, bridging, embodied realism, integral, metaphor, relational
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-43589OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-43589DiVA, id: diva2:1313685
Available from: 2019-05-06 Created: 2019-05-06 Last updated: 2019-05-06Bibliographically approved

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