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Inside Organizations: Understanding the Human Dimension


Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc



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This is the first definitive volume on organizational ethnography, an emerging field in which organizations are studied as human phenomena; unifying the volume is the thesis that organizing is a fundamental human enterprise that is social, symbolic and aesthetic as well as technological and utilitarian. Symbolic interactionism found in sociology, the notion of culture in anthropology, and stories and rituals of folklore and mythology are drawn upon; its adherents suggest that until organizing is understood as a symbolic activity, any theory of organization is incomplete. The contributors to Inside Organizations include both practitioners and scholars who discuss a variety of organizational settings in which they either participated o

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