Cultures in Organizations: Three Perspectives

Paperback | January 1, 1987

byJoanne Martin

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Despite the surge of interest over the last decade in cultural phenomena in organizations, researchers of widely differing disciplinary backgrounds, epistemologies, methodological preferences, and political ideologies continue to disagree about fundamental issues--with good reason.Consolidating a diverse array of theoretical and empirical studies into an analytical framework that clarifies and challenges the assumptions that have guided organizational culture research, this pathbreaking book delineates three competing perspectives and offers a way out of the conceptual chaoscaused by conflicts among these viewpoints. This analysis acknowledges incommensurabilities without creating pressures toward assimilation, while offering insights unavailable to any single perspective. Exploring tcpks to major intellectual developments (postmodernism, feminist theory,environmental dependence) within and outside of organizational theory, Cultures in Organizations brings a critical, interdisciplinary perspective to the field. This theoretical approach has an extensive empirical base, drawing on studies of a wide variety of organizations, including a largemulti-national electronics corporation, the Peace Corps, universities, small non-profit organizations, and several large and small private-sector companies. By alternating between theoretical abstractions and studies of particular organizations, Joanne Martin delineates and bridges divergentapproaches to the study of cultures in organizations, offering a breadth and an openness to multiple viewpoints not available elsewhere.

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Despite the surge of interest over the last decade in cultural phenomena in organizations, researchers of widely differing disciplinary backgrounds, epistemologies, methodological preferences, and political ideologies continue to disagree about fundamental issues - with good reason. Consolidating a diverse array of theoretical and empi...

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Despite the surge of interest over the last decade in cultural phenomena in organizations, researchers of widely differing disciplinary backgrounds, epistemologies, methodological preferences, and political ideologies continue to disagree about fundamental issues--with good reason.Consolidating a diverse array of theoretical and empiri...

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Despite the surge of interest over the last decade in cultural phenomena in organizations, researchers of widely differing disciplinary backgrounds, epistemologies, methodological preferences, and political ideologies continue to disagree about fundamental issues - with good reason. Consolidating a diverse array of theoretical and empi...

Joanne Martin is Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Graduate School of Business and also, by courtesy, in the Department of Sociology at Stanford University. Author or co-author of four books and numerous articles, she has served as Chair of the Organization and Management Theory Division and as a member of the Board of Gove...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 6.06 × 9.13 × 0.67 inPublished:January 1, 1987Publisher:Oxford University Press

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1. Seeing Cultures from Different Points of View2. Gathering the Data3. OZCO: An Integration View4. The Integration Perspective: Harmony and Homogeneity5. OZCO: A Differentiation view6. The Differentiation perspective: Separation and Conflict7. OZCO: A Fragmentation View8. The Fragmentation perspective: Multiplicity and Flux9. Cultural Change: Moving beyond a Single Perspective10. Giving Up the Authority Game: A Postmodern Critique of the Three-perspective FrameworkReferencesIndex

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Despite the surge of interest over the last decade in cultural phenomena in organizations, researchers of widely differing disciplinary backgrounds, epistemologies, methodological preferences, and political ideologies continue to disagree about fundamental issues - with good reason. Consolidating a diverse array of theoretical and empirical studies into an analytical framework that clarifies and challenges the assumptions that have guided organizational culture research, this pathbreaking book delineates three competing perspectives and offers a way out of the conceptual chaos caused by conflicts among these viewpoints. This analysis acknowledges incommensurabilities without creating pressures toward assimilation, while offering insights unavailable to any single perspective. Exploring links to major intellectual developments (postmodernism, feminist theory, environmental dependence) within and outside of organizational theory, Cultures in Organizations brings a critical, interdisciplinary perspective to the field. This theoretical approach has an extensive empiri

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"One of the best references I've seen."--Velma M. Guillory-Taylor, Sonoma State University