The textual organizing of professions through genres at the French ministry of foreign affairs

Donoxti Baylon

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This case study based on French diplomatic archives focuses on the historical evolution of diplomatic communicative practices and the emergence of genre systems in the 1979-1999 period at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Drawing from structuration theory and the study of genres, this case study analyzes how diplomatic genres have emerged out of the interplay between the community of French diplomats as a profession and its home organization, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. By conceptually separating the two, this paper shows goal congruence and divergence in communicative practices (genres as negotiated arenas), and the role of organizational-level genres, genre repertoire and genre systems in organizing the profession (the textual organizing of professions). This paper argues that the profession of French diplomats is organized in, by and through textual practices and introduces the concept of ‘textual organizing’ of professions.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages6
JournalAcademy of Management Proceedings
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 30 Oct 2017
Event77th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, AOM 2017 - Atlanta, United States
Duration: 4 Aug 20178 Aug 2017


  • organizing of professions
  • France
  • French Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • textual organizing of professions
  • communicative practices


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