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Autopoeisis and meaning: a biological approach to Bakhtin's superaddressee

Kyrill A. Goosseff (Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands)

Journal of Organizational Change Management

ISSN: 0953-4814

Publication date: 6 April 2010



The purpose of this paper is to explore the connections between autopoiesis, as described by Maturana and Varela, and Bakhtin's work on dialogue in understanding successful organizational rhetoric.


This paper reviews two foundational texts in order to see the connection between them.


The concept of “organizational closure” will govern the domain of communication and therefore also any act in rhetoric.


This is a first attempt to link “organizational closure” as it exists in autopoiesis to Bakhtin's notion of a superaddressee.



Goosseff, K.A. (2010), "Autopoeisis and meaning: a biological approach to Bakhtin's superaddressee", Journal of Organizational Change Management, Vol. 23 No. 2, pp. 145-151.



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