Student thesis: Master thesis (including HD thesis)

  • Nikolaj Klee
4. term, Communication, Master (Master Programme)
The thesis addresses a problem within the research-area of Interpersonal Organizational Communication (IPOK). The problem has two interlinked aspects. The first is the assumption in IPOK that conversations are always already in multiple contexts. It is unclear how these contexts are handled analytically and how to distinguish between relevant and irrelevant contexts. The second is to understand the concept of power and especially how power is exercised in research-training situations. Concretely the discussion folds around the introduction of Soft Systems Methodology in to the research area of IPOK. It is argued that SSM as a methodology can be seen as a tool and a framework to model, visualize and analyze the multiple relations and contexts in which the combined activity of research-training takes place. And in this process also illustrate how power can be exercised in and around the training situation. Addressing the problem arena has two main strands: Analyzing the basic assumptions of both IPOK and SSM especially how they conceive the concept of power and how power is exercised. This analysis is done from a framework by Stanley Deetz consisting of a 2 dimensional model of representational practices, as this model represents a discursive perspective on different views of power. As such it is assumed that this model can be seen as an operationalization and development of Michel Foucaults power-analytics. The objective of the research is to develop complementary aspects of SSM and power-analytics in a discursive research approach to IPOK which focuses not on the technical issues, but on political issues and the dialogical development of caring interpersonal relations. The thesis suggests that, a methodology as SSM, could be relevant to further the development of Interpersonal Organizational Communication as a theoretical field. The thesis also takes a few steps in this direction.
Publication date2005
Number of pages65
Publishing institutionAalborg Universitet
ID: 6979025