Stories and narratives are essential to sensemaking about the pasts, the presents, and the futures of organisations. Drawing on Boje’s model of the dynamics of narrative and story sensemaking, I show how we can talk about time and space in organisations, the role of scale, and the incorporation of diverse and opposing perspectives in how we understand and shape change.

At the end of this session, you will be able to:

Distinguish between narratives and stories.
Describe different forms of narrative and story, and how they can be used when storying to to retrospectively to understand pasts, prospectively to understand possible futures, and contemporaspectively (in-the-now) to understand emergence in the presents.
Define and identify the roles of dialogisms and dialectics in permitting, exploring, and transcending diverse perspectives.
Apply these ways of storying to challenges we face in facilitating change.

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