|Author(s)||Kyoungmi Kim, Jo Angouri|
|Title||‘We don’t need to abide by that!’: Negotiating professional roles in problem-solving talk at work|
|Tag(s)||EMCA, Business meetings, formulating, interactional sociolinguistics, multinational corporate workplace, negotiating, organisational communication, problem-solving talk, resuming, role negotiation, workplace discourse|
|Journal||Discourse & Communication|
In this article, we focus on problem solving talk in the business meeting event. We zoom in on the processes of formulating, negotiating and ratifying an issue as a problem, and we argue that individuals negotiate their stances in relation to their perceived/projected professional roles. The processes of problem-solving are, simultaneously, processes of self/other positioning. We take an Interactional Sociolinguistic perspective and draw on audio-recorded meeting talk collected in a multinational corporate workplace. Our analysis shows that interactants draw on issues of accountability, perceived/projected responsibilities and expertise in pursuit of their own interactional agenda in the problem-solving meeting. We close the article with directions for further research.