Organizational Identity: A Reader

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Organizational Identity presents the classic works on organizational identity alongside more current thinking on the issues. Ranging from theoretical contributions to empirical studies, the readings in this volume address the key issues of organizational identity, and show how these issues have developed through contributions from such diverse fields of study as sociology, psychology, management studies and cultural studies. The readings examine questions such as how organizations understand who they are, why organizations develop a sense of identity and belonging where the boundaries of identity lie and the implications of postmodern and critical theories' challenges to the concept of identity as deeply-rooted and authentic. Includes work by: Stuart Albert, Mats Alvesson, Blake E. Ashforth, Marilynn B. Brewer, George Cheney, Lars Thoger Christensen, C.H. Cooley, Kevin G. Corley, Barbara Czarniawska, Janet M. Dukerich, Jane E. Dutton, Kimberly D. Elsbach, Wendi Gardner, Linda E. Ginzela, Dennis A. Gioia, E. Goffman, Karen Golden-Biddle, Mary Jo Hatch, Roderick M. Kramer, Fred Mael, G.H. Mead, Michael G. Pratt, Anat Rafaeli, Hayagreeva Rao, Majken Schultz, Howard S. Schwartz, Robert I. Sutton, Henri Taijfel, John Turner, David A. Wherren, and Hugh Willmott. Intended to provide easy access to this material for students of organizational identity, it will also be of interest more broadly to students of business, sociology and psychology.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199269464
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 5/20/2004
  • Series: Oxford Management Readers Series
  • Pages: 600
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Jo Hatch (PhD Stanford 1985) is Professor of Commerce at the McIntire School of Commerce, University of Virginia (USA). Related to her work on organizational identity, she has published numerous articles on organizational culture, organizational symbolism, and organizational identity and image in academic journals such as the Academy of Management Review, Human Relations, the Journal of Management Inquiry and the European Journal of Marketing. Other publications include the textbook 'Organization Theory: Modern, Symbolic and Postmodern Perspectives' (OUP 1997) and 'The Expressive Organization: Linking Identity, Reputation and the Corporate Brand' (OUP 2000, co -edited with Majken Schultz and Mogens Holten Larsen). Majken Schultz (PhD Copenhagen Business School 1986) is Professor of Management at the Copenhagen Business School at the Department of Intercultural Communication and Management. She is currently leading the research-based Corporate Brand Initiative in collaboration with Mary Jo Hatch. She has published numerous articles on organizational culture, corporate reputations and organizational identity, and image interrelations in academic journals such as the Academy of Management Review, Human Relations, Organization Studies, the Journal of Management Inquiry, Corporate Reputation Review and the European Journal of Marketing. Other publications include 'The Expressive Organization: Linking Identity, Reputation and the Corporate Brand' (OUP 2000, co -edited with Mary Jo Hatch and Mogens Holten Larsen).

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Table of Contents

I The roots of organizational identity in sociology and social psychology
1 Society and the individual 16
2 The self : the 'I' and the 'me' 30
3 The arts of impression management 35
4 An integrative theory of intergroup conflict 56
5 Who is this 'we'? : levels of colletive identity and self representations 66
II Early development of organizational identity theory
6 Organizational identity 89
7 Anti-social actions of committed organizational participants : an existential psychoanalytic perspective 119
8 Social identity theory and the organization 134
9 Organization : from substance to image? 161
10 Keeping an eye on the mirror : image and identity in organizational adaptation 183
11 Organizational impression management as reciprocal influence process : the neglected role of the organizational audience 223
III Recent developments in organizational identity theory
12 Organizational dress as a symbol of multilayered social identities 275
13 Breaches in the boardroom : organizational identity and conflicts of commitment in a nonprofit organization 313
14 Organizational identity, image, and adaptive instability 349
15 The dynamics of organizational identity 377
16 Narratives of individual and organizational identities 407
17 Identity regulation as organizational control producing the appropriate individual 436
18 Members' responses to organizational identity threats : encountering and countering the business week rankings 469
19 Organizational identity : linkages between internal and external communication 510
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