Critical Discourse Analysis in Organizational Studies: Towards an Integrationist Methodology


Lilie Chouliaraki, Dept of Media and Communications, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE, UK (


We engage with Leitch and Palmer's (2010) analysis of Critical Discourse Analytical (CDA) scholarship in organizational and management studies, in order to argue that, whereas they rightly point to the need for further reflexivity in the field, their recommendation for a strict methodological protocol in CDA studies may be reproducing some of the problems they identify in their analysis. We put forward an alternative, relational-dialectic conception of discourse that defends an integrationist orientation to research methodology, privileging trans-disciplinarity over rigour.