History as a source of organizational identity creation

S. Oertel, K. Thommes, Organization Studies 39 (2018) 1709–1731.

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We analysed the self-representation of twelve watchmaking firms located in a cluster in East Germany to understand how they apply rhetorical history to craft their identity. The findings show that there are common elements of rhetorical history that help organizations craft their identity, but there are also differences based on each firm’s historical background. While some firms specifically relate their identity to their own history, others mainly employ cluster-level history, while still others may even self-construct fictional historical roots. By discussing these findings, we contribute to a better understanding of how an organization’s identity is crafted and how history is utilized in such identity creation.
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Organization Studies
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39
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12
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1709-1731
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Oertel S, Thommes K. History as a source of organizational identity creation. Organization Studies. 2018;39(12):1709-1731. doi:10.1177/0170840618800112
Oertel, S., & Thommes, K. (2018). History as a source of organizational identity creation. Organization Studies, 39(12), 1709–1731. https://doi.org/10.1177/0170840618800112
@article{Oertel_Thommes_2018, title={History as a source of organizational identity creation}, volume={39}, DOI={10.1177/0170840618800112}, number={12}, journal={Organization Studies}, author={Oertel, Simon and Thommes, Kirsten}, year={2018}, pages={1709–1731} }
Oertel, Simon, and Kirsten Thommes. “History as a Source of Organizational Identity Creation.” Organization Studies 39, no. 12 (2018): 1709–31. https://doi.org/10.1177/0170840618800112.
S. Oertel and K. Thommes, “History as a source of organizational identity creation,” Organization Studies, vol. 39, no. 12, pp. 1709–1731, 2018.
Oertel, Simon, and Kirsten Thommes. “History as a Source of Organizational Identity Creation.” Organization Studies, vol. 39, no. 12, 2018, pp. 1709–31, doi:10.1177/0170840618800112.

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