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Collective Intentionality in Organizations: A Meta-Ethnography of Identity and Strategizing

Advances in Group Processes

ISBN: 978-0-85724-773-5, eISBN: 978-0-85724-774-2

Publication date: 17 November 2011


Sociologists often treat groups and organizations as if they had collective intentionality – that is, a collective impetus for action that exists semi-independently of the members of the group. At present, however, we lack a sound understanding of how collective intentionality is achieved or maintained. Furthermore, although organizations provide a well-defined and distinctive setting for an empirical and theoretical investigation of collective intentionality, organizational intentionality in its own right has received little attention. In this chapter, we seek to address the relationship between collective intentionality, organizational identity, and organizational decision-making, using the potentially powerful method of meta-ethnography: the comparison, contrast, and synthesis of multiple ethnographies.


Steele, C.W.J. and King, B.G. (2011), "Collective Intentionality in Organizations: A Meta-Ethnography of Identity and Strategizing", Thye, S.R. and Lawler, E.J. (Ed.) Advances in Group Processes (Advances in Group Processes, Vol. 28), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 59-95.



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