- The Oxford Handbook of Organizational Identity
- List of Figures
- List of Tables
- List of Contributors
- Introduction: Organizational Identity: mapping where we have been, where we are, and where we might go
- Great Debates in Organizational Identity Study
- Measuring Organizational Identity: taking stock and looking forward
- Organizational Identity, Culture, and Image
- Organizational, Subunit, and Individual Identities: multilevel linkages
- Organizational Identity Change and Temporality
- Hybrid and Multiple Organizational Identities
- Organizational Identity and Organizational Identity Work as Valuable Analytical Resources
- Organizational Identity: the significance of power and politics
- Organizational Identity: a critique
- Optimal Distinctiveness Revisited: an integrative framework for understanding the balance between differentiation and conformity in individual and organizational identities
- Bridging and Integrating Theories on Organizational Identity: a social interactionist model of organizational identity formation and change
- How Do We Communicate Who We Are?: examining how organizational identity is conveyed to members
- Mobilizing Organizational Action Against Identity Threats: the role of organizational members’ perceptions and responses
- Organizational Identity and the Undesired Self
- Organizational Identity Work
- Re-Membering: rhetorical history as identity work
- Materiality and Identity: how organizational products, artifacts, and practices instantiate organizational identity
- Making Sense of Who We Are: leadership and organizational identity
- Organizational Identity in Institutional Theory: taking stock and moving forward
- Institutional Pluralism, Inhabitants, and the Construction of Organizational and Personal Identities
- Organizational Identity and Institutional Forces: toward an integrative framework
- Organizational Identity and Innovation
- Planned Organizational Identity Change: insights from practice
- Identity Construction in Mergers and Acquisitions: a discursive sensemaking perspective
- Fostering Stakeholder Identification Through Expressed Organizational Identities
- Conclusion: On the Identity of Organizational Identity looking backward toward the future
- Author Index
- Subject Index
Abstract and Keywords
We explore and extend an emerging interest in understanding the relationship between language and history in organizational identity work. Recent research has focused attention on the role of “temporal talk” in creating identity—that is, how discourse about the past, present, and future constructs identification. These studies understate the degree of agency in temporal talk and fail to capture the importance of history as a competitive resource. We introduce the term “rhetorical history” to draw attention to the high degree of deliberate and strategic use of persuasive language to construct historical identity narratives in corporations. We also elaborate the understanding, within organizations, of history as critical resource that can be deployed to manage membership with a broad range of organizational stakeholders.
Roy Suddaby is the Winspear Professor of Management at the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria, Canada and is a Strategic Research Professor at Newcastle University Business School, United Kingdom. His research examines processes of profound change. He is the outgoing editor of the Academy of Management Review. His current research examines the changing role of the corporation and the professionalization of management.
The University of Alberta
Christine Quinn Trank is Associate Professor of the Practice of Organization Leadership, Vanderbilt University.
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