International managers as translators

TIETZE, Susanne (2010). International managers as translators. European Journal of International Management, 4 (1/2), 184-199.

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Link to published version:: 10.1504/EJIM.2010.031282

Abstract

This paper draws attention to the role of the English language in creating an increasingly interconnected and globalised world. The argument of the paper is developed by contemplating the use of language and discourse by those agents who are deeply involved and implicated in the making of such global realities, viz. international managers. Such contemplation follows the trajectory provided by the Biblical story of the Tower of Babel. Within its narrative logic three discursively based, yet different, conceptualisations of international management (engineer, cultural negotiator, translator) are offered and aligned to three linguistic traditions (determinism, relativity, translation studies) and three understandings of globalisation (convergence, cultural difference, complexity). In concluding, it is advised that future research might concern itself with the nexus of ties between language systems and discourses and how they inform the making of organisational worlds.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Centre for Individual and Organisational Development
Identification Number: 10.1504/EJIM.2010.031282
Depositing User: Susanne Tietze
Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2012 09:40
Last Modified: 01 Oct 2012 09:40
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/6416

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