Show Summary Details

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD HANDBOOKS ONLINE (www.oxfordhandbooks.com). © Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Handbooks Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 17 October 2019

Abstract and Keywords

Raymond Williams' commentary on the etymological roots and semiotic complexity of culture as a concept is a frequent point of departure for many commentaries in the area. This article is an attempt, following Williams, to clarify the usage/s of the term as it has been applied in the study of organizations and management as a nouns and organizing and managing as verbs. Citing the late-1970s interest in corporate culture as a pivotal moment, it goes on to outline core components of well-known critical responses to orthodox deployments of the organizational culture concept. The article also seeks to broaden the critical repertoire by discussing the potential of a cultural studies of organization as well as postcolonial approaches to culture and organization. It aims to establish the various and manifold ways in which culture might be inhabited, cultivated, protected, and honoured with worship (amongst other less-positive responses) by members of organizations.

Keywords: Raymond Williams, organization management, organizational culture, postcolonial approaches, organization members, cultural studies

Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can''t find the answer there, please contact us.