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Analyzing the way organizations work through the study of the symbols connected to them, this book will be of interest to anyone involved in organization studies.
The author discusses the most obvious symbolic aspects of organizations - corporate logos, office sizes, use of titles - as well as focusing on the more subtle aspect of expressive forms of symbolism such as storytelling, institutional jargon and workplace personalization, among others. He carefully defines organizational symbolism and then explains the various methodologies that assist the researcher in documenting them. Finally, the author examines the symbolism inherent in doing research on organizations.
What Is Organizational Symbolism? How and Why Study It?
Observing Performances, Stylistics, and Meaning Making
Inquiring about Symbolism, Feelings, and Aesthetics
Recording Performances versus Reconstructing Texts
Being Aware of the Symbolics of Research