Organizational Culture

provides a sweeping interdisciplinary overview of the organizational culture literature, showing how and why researchers have disagreed about such fundamental questions as: What is organizational culture? What are the major theoretical perspectives used to understand cultures in organizations? How can a researcher decipher the political interests inherent in research that claims to be political neutral – merely “descriptive”?

Expert author Joanne Martin examines a variety of conflicting ways to study cultures in organizations, including different theoretical orientations, political ideologies (managerial, critical, and apparently neutral); methods (qualitative, quantitative, and hybrid approaches), and styles of writing about culture (ranging from traditional to postmodern and experimental). In addition, she offers a guide for those who might want to study culture themselves, addressing such issues as: What qualitative, quantitative, and hybrid methods can be used to study culture? What standards are used when reviewers evaluate these various types of research? What innovative ways of writing about culture have been introduced? And finally, what are the most important unanswered questions for future organizational culture researchers?

Intended for graduate students and established scholars who need to understand, value, and utilize highly divergent approaches to the study of culture. The book will also be useful for researchers who do not study culture, but who are interested in the ways political interests affect scholarly writing, the ways critical and managerial approaches to theory differ, the use and justification of qualitative methods in domains where quantitative methods are the norm.

Terra Incognita: Ideas for Future Research

Terra incognita: Ideas for future research

The map is not the territory.

—Van Maanen (1979, p. 9)

This book offers a map of the terrain of organizational culture theory and research, a map that is like those old maps from before the days of Mercator projections and satellite photographs. So far, we have reviewed carefully the parts of the map that seem to be well traveled, where territories, roads, and boundaries are well-defined. We have also examined ill-defined, fuzzy borderlines, forks in the road of theory development, and edges of the known marked with signs such as “Dragons lurk here.” This chapter begins by asking “How far have we come?” and it then addresses the question “Where do we need to go ...

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