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Journal of Organizational Change Management

ISSN: 0953-4814

Online from: 1988

Subject Area: Organization Studies

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Autopoeisis and meaning: a biological approach to Bakhtin's superaddressee

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Title:Autopoeisis and meaning: a biological approach to Bakhtin's superaddressee
Author(s):Kyrill A. Goosseff, (Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands)
Citation:Kyrill A. Goosseff, (2010) "Autopoeisis and meaning: a biological approach to Bakhtin's superaddressee", Journal of Organizational Change Management, Vol. 23 Iss: 2, pp.145 - 151
Keywords:Communication, Rhetoric
Article type:Conceptual paper
DOI:10.1108/09534811011031319 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to explore the connections between autopoiesis, as described by Maturana and Varela, and Bakhtin's work on dialogue in understanding successful organizational rhetoric.

Design/methodology/approach – This paper reviews two foundational texts in order to see the connection between them.

Findings – The concept of “organizational closure” will govern the domain of communication and therefore also any act in rhetoric.

Originality/value – This is a first attempt to link “organizational closure” as it exists in autopoiesis to Bakhtin's notion of a superaddressee.

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