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The Discourse of Business Meetings

Agency and Power in Financial Organizations


  • Develops a sociolinguistic theoretical perspective on the business event of meeting

  • Advising how companies would benefit from hiring language and communication professionals to evaluate the way staff members communicate together in meetings

  • Identifies the importance of examining agency and power in facilitating the flow of communication in business meetings


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Fatma M. AlHaidari
    Pages 1-17
  3. Fatma M. AlHaidari
    Pages 53-73
  4. Fatma M. AlHaidari
    Pages 81-113
  5. Fatma M. AlHaidari
    Pages 115-133
  6. Fatma M. AlHaidari
    Pages 135-185
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 213-219

About this book


This book examines the social organizational discourse of task-oriented business meetings in a Kuwaiti financial organization and an American non-profit trade organisation. Focusing primarily on the linguistic behaviours demonstrating agency and power of managers and staff members displayed during these meetings, the project is based on ethnographic data collected during eight months of fieldwork. The author examines the similarities and differences between the linguistic behaviours of both organizations, particularly relating to the production of collective “we,” “us,” and “our” utterances and directive speech acts issued to explore how managers and co-workers perform agency and power in meetings. This distinctive book will shed light into the influence of language on the actions and relationships of managers and co-workers in business meetings, and will be of interest to applied linguists and discourse analysts in the field of business discourse in addition to business professionals in management and finance.


corporate culture language choices in business organizational meetings cross-cultural business discourse American business language Kuwaiti business language discourse analysis discourse of business meetings language of business meetings agency and power in discourse

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Public Authority for Applied Education and TrainingKuwait CityKuwait

About the authors

Fatma M. AlHaidari is Assistant Professor of Linguistics at the Public Authority for Applied Education and Training, Kuwait. Her research interests include sociolinguistics, language and gender, and the discourse of business meetings.

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