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Identity in Organizations
Building Theory Through Conversations

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July 1998 | 320 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
How do people identify with organizations? What role does organizational identity play in organizational strategy? Identity in Organizations investigates the fundamental character of organizational identity and individual identification with an organization. Through the use of an unconventional, conversational format the reader is drawn into a provocative discussion among key organizational scholars that focuses on three different paradigmatic views of identity: a functionalist perspective, an interpretive perspective, and a postmodern perspective. Similarities and distinctions among these ways of understanding are explored and numerous theoretical and practical insights are gained. This groundbreaking book concludes with a discussion of the relevance of identity as a construct in organizational study and observations on conversation and theory building. Many well-known scholars participate in the conversation, including Jay Barney, Denny Gioia, Mary Jo Hatch, Stuart Albert, Anne Huff, Judi McLean Parks, and Rod Kramer. Identity in Organizations will be of interest to professionals and students of organizational studies, human resource management, industrial psychology, sociology of work, psychology, and organizational communication.

David Whetten
Preface
Why Organizational Identity and Why Conversations?

 
Stuart Albert
The Definition and MetaDefinition of Identity
 
PART ONE: WHAT DOES ORGANIZATIONAL IDENTITY MEAN?
Dennis Gioia
From Individual to Organizational Identity
Dennis Gioia et al
The Identity of Organizations
 
PART TWO: WHAT DOES IDENTITY IMPLY FOR STRATEGY?
Larry Stimpert, Yolanda Sarason and Loren Gustafson
Organizational Identity within the Strategic Management Conversation
Contributions and Assumptions

 
Rhonda Reger et al
A Strategy Conversation on the Topic of Organization Identity
 
PART THREE: HOW DO PEOPLE IDENTIFY WITH ORGANIZATIONS?
Michael Pratt
To Be or Not To Be
Central Questions in Organizational Identification

 
Blake Ashforth et al
Identification with Organizations
Paul C Godfrey et al
Epilogue
What Does the Concept of Identity Add to Organization Science?

 
Paul C Godfrey
Postscript
Observations on Conversation as a Theory-Building Methodology

 

"The content of the book, conservational style, and the pushes to extract research questions are motivating." 

Jane Dutton
Academy of Management Review

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