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 8: Epilogue: What Does the Concept of Identity Add to Organization Science?
Epilogue: What Does the Concept of Identity Add to Organization Science?
Moderators Note: During the Academy of Management meetings held in Boston in August 1997, some of the principal players in the identity conversation came together for a final conversation. This involved the moderators of each of the individual conversations (Blake Ashforth, Denny Gioia, and Rhonda Reger), the editors of the entire book (David Whetten and Paul Godfrey), and the author of the book's introduction (Stu Albert). The intent of this conversation was to serve as an epilogue to the book—after we had all struggled with it for a year, what were ...