Investigating Interdiscursivity in Hospital Strategic Plans Using Foucauldian Discourse Analysis

Antoinette Fage-Butler
2015 Hermes - Journal of Language and Communication Studies  
<p>Critical genre analysis (CGA) investigates the impact of context on genres by analyzing interdiscursivity (the integration of discourses in genres), but there has been a shortage of discussion of specific methods. This paper demonstrates that Foucauldian discourse analysis (FDA) – specifically, statement function analysis – constitutes a very useful approach with which to analyze interdiscursivity in CGA. Analysis of the move of "priorities/goals" (Cornut et al. 2012) in three strategic
more » ... hree strategic plans produced by British hospitals using FDA reveals three main discourses: strategic management, public service accountability, and patient centeredness. As interdiscursive analysis reveals the discursive foundations of organizational practices, CGA is well-positioned to make many valuable contributions to organizational research.</p>
doi:10.7146/hjlcb.v27i54.22946 fatcat:m7nbxrm2abcx3hiipzrb74hsua