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.
Table of Contents
Preface - David Whetten Why Organizational Identity and Why Conversations?The Definition and Meta Definition of Identity - Stuart AlbertPART ONE: WHAT DOES ORGANIZATIONAL IDENTITY MEAN?From Individual to Organizational Identity - Dennis GioiaThe Identity of Organizations - Dennis Gioia et alPART TWO: WHAT DOES IDENTITY IMPLY FOR STRATEGY?Organizational Identity within the Strategic Management Conversation - Larry Stimpert, Yolanda Sarason and Loren Gustafson Contributions and AssumptionsA Strategy Conversation on the Topic of Organization Identity - Rhonda Reger et alPART THREE: HOW DO PEOPLE IDENTIFY WITH ORGANIZATIONS?To Be or Not To Be - Michael Pratt Central Questions in Organizational IdentificationIdentification with Organizations - Blake Ashforth et alEpilogue - Paul C Godfrey et al What Does the Concept of Identity Add to Organization Science?Postscript - Paul C Godfrey Observations on Conversation as a Theory-Building Methodology