Forum: The Case for Reflexive Writing Practices in Management Communication and Organization Studies

Iga Maria Lehman*, Janne Tienari, Ken Hyland, Audrey Alejandro

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Following criticism about the quality of writing in management communication and organization studies, this Forum presents arguments for change in how scholarly knowledge is communicated. The expectation today seems to be that, to get published, academic writing requires monologic and complex ways of expression. However, using formulaic and reader-exclusive language in publications limits their accessibility to a wider readership, including not only more diverse members of the disciplinary community—such as non-Anglophone scholars and junior researchers—but also those we study and write about. In our respective contributions, we argue for more meaningful communication between writers and readers achieved through writers adopting reflexive practices when crafting their texts for publication. Specifically, we suggest considering reflexivity through the following concepts: conformity and individuality, socialization, tenderness, and respect. These, we argue, help make our academic writing more accessible and meaningful.

Original languageEnglish
Peer-reviewed scientific journalManagement Communication Quarterly
Publication statusPublished - 01.2024
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article - refereed


  • 512 Business and Management
  • 516 Educational sciences
  • academic writing
  • conformity
  • individuality
  • reflexivity
  • respect
  • socialization
  • tenderness

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