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.
Chapter 7: Identification with Organizations
Identification with Organizations
For all these lifetime employees [at Imperial Oil], there develops an attachment, a loyalty, something deeper than habit, a true identification. They will work longer at Imperial than their kids live at home, than they live in one house, in one neighborhood, one city, longer than most friendships and many marriages survive. They will work at tasks more time-consuming, reward-giving and mood-determining than nearly everything else they do. “It's the best thing I ever did,” they will say, as Frank says, of his decision to join the company, as his wife and children listen on and no one interrupts. Father, mother, spouse, family man, ...