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Understanding Organizational Culture

Understanding Organizational Culture

Second Edition

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Organization Studies

November 2012 | 248 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
The new edition of this groundbreaking text in Organizational Studies has been revised and updated to keep apace with developments within Organizational Culture.

Unlike other prescriptive books about organizations, Understanding Organizational Culture challenges and provokes critical thinking, giving insight in to the field of organizational culture. Mats Alvesson answers questions of definition, explores alternative perspectives, and expands on substantive issues before discussing key issues of research synthesizes for students the advances in the field of organizational culture. The author also uses examples to develop and illustrate ideas on how cultural thinking can be used in managerial and non-managerial organizational theory and theory-supported practice.

This new edition contains added pedagogical features to increase accessibility and contains expanded coverage of topics such as globalization.

It is essential reading for undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Management and Organization Studies, particularly for modules in Organizational Behaviour, Organizational Theory and on MBA programmes.

The Concept of Organizational Culture
Organizational Culture as Metaphor and Metaphors for Culture
Organizational Culture and Identity
Organizational Culture and Performance
Organizational Culture, Strategy and Marketing
Organizational Culture and Leadership
Work and Multiple Levels of Culture
Ambiguity of Culture
Culture as Constraint: An Emancipatory Approach
Cultural Change

Not adopted

Dr Krishna Venkitachalam
Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University
May 25, 2015

Our ERM course ended in 2014. However, I really liked this book and it is now one that I recommend for students interested in Organisational Culture on a Level 5 Undergraduate option "Social Psychology of Work" as it goes beyond what is in the typical OB chapters

Mr Neill Thompson
School of Psychology and Sport Science, Northumbria University
April 16, 2015

Understanding Organizational Culture is a useful book for student who will be looking to study organizations as part of their final year project, especially useful for studying the aspects of leadership and marketing.

Dr Natalia Yakovleva
Surrey Business school, Surrey University
March 17, 2015

Good standard text on this subject.

Dr Raymond Shaw
Business Dept, Cultural Experience Abroad - University of New Haven
February 23, 2015

All key aspects of culture covered giving clarity to our students

Mr MarK Harvey
Public Services, Weston College
September 24, 2014

I thought this book was a thoughtful and comprehensive review of the role and importance of culture in organisations. Unfortunately I am not sure how well it resonated with the needs of the students I currently teach. The issues around culture in public services are so current as a means of explaining adverse events. Sadly this book does not quite hit the mark for us at the moment.

Mr Ian McGonagle
Faculty of Social Science, Lincoln University
June 11, 2014

This book does not seem appropriate for this terms units but has been passed on to colleagues to use for the Level 7 Units and will be an extremely valuable resource

Mr Daniel Russell
Business Management, Organisational Learning Centre
March 18, 2014

Understanding organizational culture is a good introductory book for those who want understanding of basic concepts of organizational culture and its various applications in the business and management field. The book is well articulated in easy to understand style that include many real word examples.

Dr Tarig Eltayeb
College of Commerce, Dhofar University
February 14, 2014

A useful background reading material.

Dr John Opute
Management , London South Bank University
February 13, 2014

Well, I think that in the future I may execute a new a course:
"New corporate cultures", and perhaps I will use the book in this context.

Professor Tuomo Takala
School of Business & Economics, University of Jyvaskyla
December 12, 2013

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter One

Mats Alvesson

Mats Alvesson holds a chair in the Business Administration department at Lund University in Sweden and is also part-time professor at University of Queensland Business School and at City University, London. He has done extensive research and published widely in the areas of qualitative and reflexive methodology, critical theory, organizational culture, knowledge work, identity in organizations, gender, organizational change, leadership etc. His latest books include Reflexive Leadership (with Blom and Sveningsson, SAGE, 2016) and Return to Meaning: A Social Science with Something to Say (with Gabriel and Paulsen,... More About Author

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ISBN: 9780857025586