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Identity in Organizations Building Theory Through Conversations by David A. Whetten

Identity in Organizations Building Theory Through Conversations

Part of the Foundations for Organizational Science Series


Identity in Organizations Building Theory Through Conversations by David A. Whetten

This investigation of the fundamental character of organizational identity and identification with an organization is arranged in the form of a provocative discussion between key scholars. The book focuses on three different paradigmatic views of identity: functionalist, interpretive and postmodern. Similarities and distinctions among these ways of understanding are explored, and numerous theoretical and practical insights are gained. The book concludes with a discussion of the relevance of identity as a construct in organizational study, and observations on conversation and theory building.


The content of the book, conservational style, and the pushes to extract research questions are motivating. -- Jane Dutton * Academy of Management Review *

About the Author

David A. Whetten, Center for the Study of Values in Organizations, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT - Paul Godfrey, Department of Organizational Leadership & Strategy, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT

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Book Info

Publication date

11th September 1998


David A. Whetten

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SAGE Publications Inc


320 pages


Organizational theory & behaviour

Sociology: work & labour



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