Understanding Organizational Culture
- Mats Alvesson - Lund University, Sweden
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.
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.
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This book is useful for students to understand the underlying principles and theory surrounding organisations and organisational culture.
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.
A brilliant book that examines organizational culture. Highly recommended for all postgraduate students.