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Organizational Culture

Organizational Culture

Four Volume Set
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December 2015 | 1 360 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Organizational culture is one of the major issues in academic research and education, in organization theory as well as in management practice. Even in organizations where cultural issues receive little explicit attention, how people in a company think, feel, value and act is guided by ideas, meanings and beliefs of a cultural (socially shared) nature.

This collection of key papers on the topic has been meticulously put together by acclaimed editor and well-renowned scholar, Mats Alvesson, and covers themes including culture, image and identity, socialisation, leadership, power and conflict, ethics and communication, and much more.


Part One: Anthropological Roots and Inspirations

Clifford Geertz
Thick Description: Toward an Interpretive Theory of Culture
Roger Keesing
Theories of Culture Revisited
Sherry Ortner
Theory in Anthropology since the Sixties
Ann Swidler
Culture in Action: Symbols and Strategies
Part Two: Societal Culture

M. Alvesson
Introduction to The Triumph of Emptiness: Zero-Sum Games, Grandiosity, and Illusion Tricks
Geert Hofstede
Motivation, Leadership and Organization: Do American Theories Apply Abroad?
Brendan McSweeney
Hofstede’s Model of National Cultural Differences and Their Consequences: A Triumph of Faith – A Failure of Analysis
John Meyer and Brian Rowan
Institutionalized Organizations: Formal Structure as Myth and Ceremony
Part Three: Basic Perspectives

Mats Alvesson
Culture as a Metaphor and Metaphors for Culture
Allen Batteau
Negations and Ambiguities in the Cultures of Organization
Kathleen Gregory
Native-View Paradigms: Multiple Cultures and Culture Conflicts in Organizations
Debra Meyerson and Joanne Martin
Cultural Change: An Integration of Three Different Views
Edgar Schein
The Concept of Organizational Culture: Why Bother?
Linda Smircich
Concepts of Culture and Organizational Analysis
Part Four: Types of Organizational Cultures

Geert Hofstede, Bram Neuijen, Denise Daval Ohayv and Geert Sanders
Measuring Organizational Cultures: A Qualitative and Quantitative Study across Twenty Cases
A. Alexandra Michel
A Distributed Cognition Perspective on Newcomers’ Change Processes: The Movement of Cognitive Uncertainty in Two Investment Banks
René Olie
Shades of Culture and Institutions in International Mergers
William Ouchi
Markets, Bureaucracies and Clans
Part Five: Change

Per Olof Berg
Organization Change as a Symbolic Transformation Process
Anna Canato, Davide Ravasi and Nelson Phillips
Coerced Practice Implementation in Cases of Low Cultural Fit: Cultural Change and Practice Adaptation during the Implementation of Six Sigma at 3M
Thomas Fitzgerald
Can Change in Organizational Culture Really Be Managed? A Synthesis
Pasquale Gagliardi
The Creation and Change of Organizational Cultures: A Conceptual Framework
Lloyd Harris and Emmanuel Ogbonna
Developing a Market Orientated Culture: A Critical Evaluation
Walter Nord
Can Organizational Culture Be Managed?
Part Six: Leadership of or by Culture

Nicole Biggart and Gary Hamilton
An Institutional Theory of Leadership
Jeffrey Pfeffer
Management as Symbolic Action: The Creation and Maintenance of Organizational Paradigms
Linda Smircich and Gareth Morgan
Leadership: The Management of Meaning
Part Seven: Control and Resistance

Peter Fleming and Andrew Sturdy
‘Being Yourself’ in the Electronic Sweatshop: New Forms of Normative Control
Gideon Kunda
Culture and Organization
Michael Rosen
Breakfast at Spiro’s: Dramaturgy and Dominance
John Van Maanen
The Smile Factory: Work at Disneyland
Hugh Willmott
Strength Is Ignorance; Slavery Is Freedom: Managing Culture in Modern Organizations
Part Eight: Culture and Organizational Identity

Mary Jo Hatch and Majken Schulz
The Dynamics of Organizational Identity
Michael Humphries and Andrew Brown
Narratives of Organizational Identity and Identification: A Case Study of Hegemony and Resistance
Dan Kärreman and Mats Alvesson
Making Newsmakers: Conversational Identity at Work
Davide Ravasi and Majken Schultz
Responding to Organizational Identity Threats: Exploring the Role of Organizational Culture
Part Nine: Organizational Symbolism

Per Olof Berg and Kristian Kreiner
Corporate Architecture: Turning Physical Settings into Symbolic Resources
Martha Feldman and James March
Information in Organizations as Signal and Symbol
Yiannis Gabriel
The Unmanaged Organization: Stories, Fantasies and Subjectivity
Robert Jackall
Dexterity with Symbols
Joanne Martin, Martha Feldman, Mary Jo Hatch and Sim Sitkin
The Uniqueness Paradox in Organizational Stories
Sherry Ortner
On Key Symbols
Part Ten: Gender

Robin Ely and Debra Meyerson
An Organizational Approach to Undoing Gender: The Unlikely Case of Offshore Oil Platforms
Silvia Gherardi
Organizational Symbolism, Culture and Gender
Robin Leidner
Serving Hamburgers and Selling Insurance: Gender, Work and Identity in Interactive Service Jobs
Part Eleven: Groups and Differentiation

Anshuman Prasad, Pushkala Prasad and Raza Mir
‘One Mirror in Another’: Managing Diversity and the Discourse of Fashion
John Van Maanen and Stephen Barley
Occupational Communities: Culture and Control in Organizations
Ed Young
On the Naming of the Rose: Interests and Multiple Meanings as Elements of Organizational Culture
Part Twelve: Methods in Studying Organizational Culture

Mats Alvesson and Dan Kärreman
A Methodology of Sorts for Theorizing from Empirical Material
Andrew Pettigrew
On Studying Organizational Cultures
Linda Smircich
Studying Organizations as Cultures
Key features
  • Alvesson is one of the  top names in international critical management studies
  • Organizational culture is one of the major issues in academic research and education, in organization theory as well as in management practice