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Concepts of Culture and Organizational Analysis

Linda Smircich
Administrative Science Quarterly
Vol. 28, No. 3, Organizational Culture (Sep., 1983), pp. 339-358
DOI: 10.2307/2392246
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2392246
Page Count: 20
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Abstract

This paper examines the significance of the concept of culture for organizational analysis. The intersection of culture theory and organization theory is evident in five current research themes: comparative management, corporate culture, organizational cognition, organizational symbolism, and unconscious processes and organization. Researchers pursue these themes for different purposes and their work is based on different assumptions about the nature of culture and organization. The task of evaluating the power and limitations of the concept of culture must be conducted within this assumptive context. This review demonstrates that the concept of culture takes organization analysis in several different and promising directions.

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