Cultural Perspectives on Organizations

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Offering a sophisticated overview of the issues that a theory of organizational culture must address, this text's treatment of cultural ambiguity in management structures and procedures will interest specialists as well as anyone requiring an authoritative introductory text.
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Overview

Offering a sophisticated overview of the issues that a theory of organizational culture must address, this text's treatment of cultural ambiguity in management structures and procedures will interest specialists as well as anyone requiring an authoritative introductory text.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521484626
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1993
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 147
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction 1
Background to the current interest in organizational culture 3
Objectives 6
1 Culture as Metaphor and Metaphors for Culture 9
The metaphor concept 9
Metaphors - some problems 11
Culture as critical variable versus culture as root metaphor 13
Metaphors for culture 16
2 The Culture-Performance Link 27
The dominance of instrumental values 27
Theoretical approaches to the culture-performance link 31
Empirical studies 39
The problems of culture as cause 41
Beyond the technical cognitive interest 43
3 An Emancipatory Approach to Organizational Culture: Counteracting Parochialism 46
Western managerial culture is often taken for granted 46
Eye-opening studies 49
Methodological suggestions 52
4 A Case for a Shift of Focus in Cultural Studies 60
The appeal of 'pure' symbolism 60
Taking work into account 66
New directions 70
5 Sources of Organizational Culture 74
Conceptualizations of culture in terms of level 74
The (re)production of culture 80
The role of strong figures in culture creation and reproduction 81
The interplay of research perspectives 90
6 Cultural Homogeneity and Heterogeneity in a University Department 94
Cultural characteristics of the department 95
A ceremony 96
The department as one culture 100
Beyond organizational culture 101
Organizational culture and social fields 105
7 Beyond Ambiguity 110
On ambiguity 110
Ambiguity as construction 112
Cultural traffic and cultural configurations 115
Prospects 118
References 122
Index 133
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