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From administrator to CEO : exploring changing representations of hierarchy and prestige in a diachronic corpus of academic management writing.

Mautner, G. and Learmonth, M. (2020) 'From administrator to CEO : exploring changing representations of hierarchy and prestige in a diachronic corpus of academic management writing.', Discourse & communication., 14 (3). pp. 273-293.

Abstract

We explore the lexical choices made by authors published in Administrative Science Quarterly (ASQ), a major academic journal in business and management studies. We do so via a corpus constructed from all the articles published in ASQ from its first publication in 1956 up until the end of 2018. Specifically, our focus is on lexical items that represent social actors. Our findings suggest that, compared to earlier work, recent articles typically ascribe greater status and prestige to organizational elites. Relatively contemporary papers are also more likely to use language that obfuscates or ignores unpalatable aspects of organizational life, such as power asymmetries, hierarchy and control through identity regulation. We suggest that these changes in word choices can be understood to reflect a wider trend towards neo-liberal rhetoric – a rhetoric increasingly pervading contemporary social life more generally.

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Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:https://doi.org/10.1177/1750481319893771
Publisher statement:This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/) which permits non-commercial use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access pages (https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/open-access-at-sage).
Date accepted:19 November 2019
Date deposited:03 January 2020
Date of first online publication:27 December 2019
Date first made open access:03 January 2020

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