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Understanding Organizational Culture

Understanding Organizational Culture

Second Edition

December 2012 | 248 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
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.

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

Well, I think that in the future I may execute a new a course:
"New corporate cultures", and perhaps I will use the book in this context.

Professor Tuomo Takala
School of Business & Economics, University of Jyvaskyla
December 12, 2013

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Ms Kieran Williams
HRM, University of Westminster
December 11, 2013

This book is useful for students to understand the underlying principles and theory surrounding organisations and organisational culture.

Mrs Kathryn Nethercott
Department of Education, Bedfordshire University
December 3, 2013

Excellent book!

Dr Jose Bento da Silva
Warwick Business School, Warwick University
November 15, 2013

I always recommend Alvesson's work to my doctoral students for its nuanced and well-theorised view of organizational cultures, seeing them as dynamic, multiple and set within a changing configuration. His critical theoretical perspective in general is a model to be emulated in my view.

Professor Paul Trowler
Department of Educational Research, Lancaster University
April 10, 2013

A brilliant book that examines organizational culture. Highly recommended for all postgraduate students.

Mr Amer Shehzad
Lancashire Business School, University of Central Lancashire
February 26, 2013

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