How Do I Know Who You Think You are? A Review of Research Methods on Organizational Identity

20 Pages Posted: 3 Apr 2013

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Davide Ravasi

SDA Bocconi; Bocconi University - Department of Management and Technology

Anna Canato

Imperial College London

Date Written: April 2013

Abstract

The notion of organizational identity was introduced in management studies in 1985. In the following 25 years, a vibrant debate about how to conceptualize organizational identities and related themes (multiple identities, identity change, interrelations between identity, image and culture) does not seem to have corresponded to explicit reflections about specific methodological issues. In this paper, the authors inductively review research methods adopted by studies of organizational identity published in topā€level journals, with the purpose of deriving insights about the current status of research practices, uncovering their often tacit ontological and epistemological assumptions, and stimulating discussion about their possible evolution.

Suggested Citation

Ravasi, Davide and Canato, Anna, How Do I Know Who You Think You are? A Review of Research Methods on Organizational Identity (April 2013). International Journal of Management Reviews, Vol. 15, Issue 2, pp. 185-204, 2013, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2244075 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ijmr.12008

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Anna Canato

Imperial College London ( email )

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