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Overview

The new edition of this groundbreaking text in Organizational Studies has been revised and updated to keep apace with developments within Organizational Culture.

Unlike other prescriptive books about organizations, Understanding Organizational Culture challenges and provokes critical thinking, giving insight in to the field of organizational culture. Mats Alvesson answers questions of definition, explores alternative perspectives, and expands on substantive issues before discussing key issues of research synthesizes for students the advances in the field of organizational culture. The author also uses examples to develop and illustrate ideas on how cultural thinking can be used in managerial and non-managerial organizational theory and theory-supported practice.

This new edition contains added pedagogical features to increase accessibility and contains expanded coverage of topics such as globalization.

It is essential reading for undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Management and Organization Studies, particularly for modules in Organizational Behaviour, Organizational Theory and on MBA programmes.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
'Organizational culture remains absolutely central to any understanding of how organizations actually work. With his usual engaging and inimitable style, Mats Alvesson takes the reader on a riveting journey through the diverse ways in which culture itself can be understood and how these powerfully inform organizational life' -
Blake E. Ashforth
W.P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University

'Understanding Organizational Culture manages to communicate complex for those who are less familiar with the concepts discussed, as well as providing a depth and critique of interest to those already familiar with the topics. It is critical without being patronising, dismissive, or jargonistic, and acknowledges the challenges of practice' -
Claire Valentin
The University of Edinburgh, UK

Booknews
The author hopes to contribute to a more sensitive and sharper use of the idea of culture in organization and management studies. He argues that culture is best understood as referring to a deep-level, partly non-conscious set of meanings, ideas, and symbolisms. He focuses on both why cultural studies is important to understanding the success of organizations and on how to best study culture by taking in varying perspectives and relating them to each other. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780857025586
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 12/16/2012
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Mats Alvesson holds a chair in the Business Administration department at Lund University in Sweden and is also part-time professor at University of Queensland Business School. He has done extensive research and published widely in the areas of qualitative and reflexive methodology, critical theory, organizational culture, knowledge work, identity in organizations, gender, organizational change, management consultancy etc. He has published 20 books with leading publishers and hundreds of articles, many of which are widely cited and used on higher levels in university education.

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Table of Contents

The Concept of Organizational Culture
Organizational Culture as Metaphor and Metaphors for Culture
Organizational Culture and Identity
Organizational Culture and Performance
Organizational Culture, Strategy and Marketing
Organizational Culture and Leadership
Work and Multiple Levels of Culture
Ambiguity of Culture
Culture as Constraint: An Emancipatory Approach
Cultural Change
Conclusions
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