Critical Language and Discourse Awareness in Management Education


Communication and, through it, language have become key elements of business and organizational life. How organizations interact within their walls and with the outside world fundamentally affects business processes, creating organizational culture, shaping public perceptions, and influencing consumer choices. This essay calls for a greater acknowledgment of language and communication and suggests that management educators may want to review how they are incorporated in management education curricula. Expanding on the skill-based approach typically adopted in business school classes, the essay points to the utility of exposing business students to the dual function of language as a means of doing work and as a social action that constitutes social reality. Drawing on examples from scholarship in linguistics and discourse analysis, the essay demonstrates that the ability to notice, identify, and reflect on linguistic and discourse practices is a crucial managerial skill. Nurturing such analytical and thinking skills enables people to become not only better communicators but also critical thinkers able to understand and challenge when social control, power, or injustice is enacted in organizations.

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Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences & Humanities
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College of Business and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences & Humanities > Centre for Critical Inquiry into Society and Culture (CCISC)
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Uncontrolled Keywords: communication skills,critical language awareness,critical thinking,discourse awareness,organizational discourse,social constructivism,soft skills,Education,Business, Management and Accounting(all)
Publication ISSN: 1552-6658
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2024 08:38
Date Deposited: 30 May 2019 08:16
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2019-12-01
Published Online Date: 2019-05-20
Accepted Date: 2019-05-01
Authors: Darics, Erika (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-2216-6592)



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