Organizational Cultural Perpetuation: A Case Study of an English Premier League Football Club

20 Pages Posted: 2 Oct 2014

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Emmanuel Ogbonna

Cardiff University - Human Resource Management Section

Lloyd C. Harris

Cardiff University - Cardiff Business School

Date Written: October 2014

Abstract

Although the prevalence of studies of cultural change initiatives has encouraged some researchers to suggest that a greater understanding of the enduring nature of organizational culture is important, there is a dearth of illustration of this aspect of the cultural phenomenon in organizations. This paper provides an empirical description of the factors that are associated with the perpetuation of organizational culture, thereby making it resistant to forced change. We achieve this by presenting evidence of an attempt by executives in a top English Premier League football club (organization) to transform the culture of their organization. We elucidate the espoused rationale for change, the approach adopted and the outcomes of the change efforts. Thereafter, we highlight the impact of the strong forces perpetuating the culture of the organization and impeding the planned actions of managers.

Suggested Citation

Ogbonna, Emmanuel and Harris, Lloyd C., Organizational Cultural Perpetuation: A Case Study of an English Premier League Football Club (October 2014). British Journal of Management, Vol. 25, Issue 4, pp. 667-686, 2014. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2504195 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-8551.12037

Emmanuel Ogbonna

Cardiff University - Human Resource Management Section ( email )

Cardiff CF10 3EU
United Kingdom

Lloyd C. Harris

Cardiff University - Cardiff Business School ( email )

Aberconway Building
Colum Drive
Cardiff, CF10 3EU
United Kingdom

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