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Persistence of organizational identity within interorganizational relationships

B. Paul (Welleford Center for Public Administration and Policy Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Blacksburg, Virginia 24061)
S. Larkin (Dudley Center for Public Administration and Policy Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Blacksburg, Virginia 24061)

International Journal of Organization Theory & Behavior

ISSN: 1093-4537

Article publication date: 1 March 2000

Abstract

As the emphasis on interorganizational relationships increases, one fear expressed by nonprofits is that interorganizational cooperation would lead them away from their sense of mission. The concern about loss of identity prompted this research into whether, and if so, how, a community action agency embedded in many relationships with other organizations continually and increasingly maintains a sense of identity. A study of the words used to describe the organization across time and across organizational members, leaders, and members of the board yielded strong agreement on some of the organization’s characteristics. The implications of this type of organizational culture for leaders of nonprofits is then described.

Citation

Paul, B. and Larkin, S. (2000), "Persistence of organizational identity within interorganizational relationships", International Journal of Organization Theory & Behavior, Vol. 3 No. 3/4, pp. 345-358. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJOTB-03-03-04-2000-B005

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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