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Reframing Organizational Culture

Reframing Organizational Culture

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August 1991 | 416 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Once again setting the standard for the field, the editors of Organizational Culture (Sage, 1985) have reassembled to create a new exploration in Reframing Organizational Culture. In this engaging volume, the contributors continue the ongoing process of discovery and invention, the interaction between investigator and the subject of inquiry. The editors have included a variety of frames as tools that allow readers to examine any empirical piece on organizational culture on its own merits--as good research--while at the same time, permit viewing it from other perspectives as well. How is organizational culture studied? To further understanding of what goes into studying organizational culture, an early, well-known exemplar of cultural research by William Foote Whyte is presented, along with commentaries by four currently active researchers plus a final rebuttal by Whyte. Enlightening and stimulating, the exploration of epistemology, rather than specific methods in Reframing Organizational Culture, allows for discovery and further research into organizational culture. Combined with a unique emphasis on process, this volume also includes reflections from the editors, pointing out their values, biases, beliefs, perceptions, and experiences in research, and lending a human dimension to the research process. This creative synthesis is essential reading for academics, researchers, and professionals in the areas of organization studies and management. "The editors of Reframing Organizational Culture skillfully concocted a spicy and satisfying entrée that goes beyond their first effort (Organizational Culture, Sage, 1985) to evaluate their topic and its contributions, to date and potentially. . . . The examples are generally colorful and well displayed, ranging from Barley's look at funeral homes ('Semiotics and The Study of Occupational and Organizational Culture') to Van Maanen's reflections on The Magic Kingdom ('The Smile Factory: Work at Disneyworld'). . . . Part One . . . presents a thorough bibliography. . . . Trice's 'Comments and Discussion' provides balance and argues for quantification as a means of 'keeping the flame alive.' . . . Part Three, 'An Epilogue And a Closing.' is reflective and inspirational. . . . Reframing Organizational Culture left me nourished, stimulated, and encouraged. The book's numerous components flow smoothly and logically, aided by strong transitions and integrative passages. Given the editors' objective to 'reframe' rather than 'revisit' organizational culture, I contend they succeeded. The content and extensive bibliography render it an excellent supplement for the academic audience: For those already in the field, the book provides a thorough update and challenge to the cutting edge; for those new to the field, the book offers a balanced and encouraging overview without intimidation. . . . The merits of Reframing Organizational Culture to the practitioner audience stem from the concise writing and vivid examples, particularly in Part One and most of Part Two." --Journal of Management

The Integration Perspective
Edgar H Schein
The Role of the Founder in the Creation of Organizational Culture
Peggy McDonald
The Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee
Developing Organizational Culture in the Short Run

Stephen R Barley
Semiotics and the Study of Occupational and Organizational Culture
The Differentiation Perspective
John Van Maanen
The Smile Factory
Work at Disneyland

Michael Rosen
Breakfast at Spiro's
Dramaturgy and Dominance

Ed Young
On the Naming of the Rose
Interests and Multiple Meanings as Elements of Organizational Culture

Jean M Bartunek and Michael K Moch
Multiple Constituencies and the Quality of Working Life
Intervention at FoodCom

The Fragmentation Perspective
Karl E Weick
The Vulnerable System
An Analysis of the Tenerife Air Disaster

Debra E Meyerson
`Normal' Ambiguity? A Glimpse of an Occupational Culture
Martha S Feldman
The Meanings of Ambiguity
Learning from Stories and Metaphors

Taking a Three-Perspective Approach

Exploring an Exemplar of Organizational Culture Research
William Foote Whyte
Street Corner Society
Excerpts from the Appendix to the 1955 Edition

Michael Owen Jones
On Fieldwork, Symbols, and Folklore in the Writings of William Foote Whyte
Alan Bryman
Street Corner Society as a Model for Research into Organizational Culture
Patricia Riley
Cornerville as Narration
John M Jermier
Critical Epistemology and the Study of Organizational Culture
Reflections on

Street Corner Society
William Foote Whyte
Comments for the SCS Critics
Current Inquiries About Organizational Culture

Edgar H Schein
What Is Culture?
Debra E Meyerson
On Acknowledging and Uncovering Ambiguities in Cultures
Michael Rosen
Scholars, Travelers and Thieves
On Concept, Method and Cunning in Organizational Ethnography

Barbara Czarniawska-Joerges
Culture Is the Medium of Life
Harrison M Trice
Comments and Discussion
Anonymous Authors
Organizational Culture as Metafiction

Context and Choices in Organizational Research
Looking Back
Looking Inward
Peter J Frost
Mirror Talk
Self-Framing Experiences Along the Culture Trail

Joanne Martin
From Integration to Differentiation to Fragmentation to Feminism
Craig C Lundberg
Musings on Self, Culture, and Inquiry
Meryl Reis Louis
Reflections on an Interpretive Way of Life
Larry F Moore
Inside Aunt Virginia's Kitchen
Looking Beyond

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