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Identity in Organizations
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Identity in Organizations
Building Theory Through Conversations

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September 1998 | 320 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
This investigation of the fundamental character of organizational identity and identification with an organization is arranged in the form of a provocative discussion between key scholars.

The book focuses on three different paradigmatic views of identity: functionalist, interpretive and postmodern. Similarities and distinctions among these ways of understanding are explored, and numerous theoretical and practical insights are gained. The book concludes with a discussion of the relevance of identity as a construct in organizational study, and observations on conversation and theory building.

David Whetten
Preface
Why Organizational Identity and Why Conversations?

 
Stuart Albert
The Definition and MetaDefinition of Identity
 
PART ONE: WHAT DOES ORGANIZATIONAL IDENTITY MEAN?
Dennis Gioia
From Individual to Organizational Identity
Dennis Gioia et al
The Identity of Organizations
 
PART TWO: WHAT DOES IDENTITY IMPLY FOR STRATEGY?
Larry Stimpert, Yolanda Sarason and Loren Gustafson
Organizational Identity within the Strategic Management Conversation
Contributions and Assumptions

 
Rhonda Reger et al
A Strategy Conversation on the Topic of Organization Identity
 
PART THREE: HOW DO PEOPLE IDENTIFY WITH ORGANIZATIONS?
Michael Pratt
To Be or Not To Be
Central Questions in Organizational Identification

 
Blake Ashforth et al
Identification with Organizations
Paul C Godfrey et al
Epilogue
What Does the Concept of Identity Add to Organization Science?

 
Paul C Godfrey
Postscript
Observations on Conversation as a Theory-Building Methodology

 

"The content of the book, conservational style, and the pushes to extract research questions are motivating." 

Jane Dutton
Academy of Management Review

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