Human Relations

, Volume 50, Issue 8, pp 1015–1052

Organizational Hope: Reaffirming the Constructive Task of Social and Organizational Inquiry

  • James D. Ludema
  • Timothy B. Wilmot
  • Suresh Srivastva
Article

DOI: 10.1023/A:1016985129104

Cite this article as:
Ludema, J.D., Wilmot, T.B. & Srivastva, S. Human Relations (1997) 50: 1015. doi:10.1023/A:1016985129104

Abstract

This paper develops the construct oforganizational hope as a methodological imperative forstudying and strengthening organizations. It calls onorganizational scholars and practitioners to move beyond the critical impulse by advancing texturedvocabularies of hope that affirm the best and mostpromising dimensions of social and organizational lifeand provide a moral image of the future to guidecollective action. This can be accomplished by defininghopeful research agendas and choosing methods of inquirythat explore and illuminate the hopes and aspirations ofa broad range of organizational members. After clarifying the concept of textured vocabulariesof hope, this paper undertakes a thorough analysis ofhope by tracing the construct throughout the Westernintellectual tradition, highlighting four of hope'senduring qualities, and offering a set of propositionsthat extends the implications of organizational hope toour task as scholars and practitioners.

ORGANIZATIONAL HOPEULTIMATE CONCERNSSOCIAL CONSTRUCTIONISMTEXTURED VOCABULARIES OF HOPESOCIAL AND ORGANIZATIONAL RECONSTRUCTIONHOPEFUL SOCIAL SCIENCES

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Authors and Affiliations

  • James D. Ludema
  • Timothy B. Wilmot
  • Suresh Srivastva

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