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Discovering Corporate Culture: The Ethnography of a Library Merger

Annette Davies (Cardiff Business School)
Ian Kirkpatrick (Cardiff Business School)
Nick Oliver (Cardiff Business School)

Management Research News

ISSN: 0140-9174

Article publication date: 1 May 1992



This paper will investigate some of the theoretical and methodological problems associated with the way ‘culture’ is defined and studied in organizational settings. In short we raise the fundamental question of how culture is understood and explained, i.e., how does one actually ‘discover’ the culture of an organization? The paper will consider these issues in the context of research conducted by the authors on organizational mergers in which culture is defined as a network of communication rules/norms.


Davies, A., Kirkpatrick, I. and Oliver, N. (1992), "Discovering Corporate Culture: The Ethnography of a Library Merger", Management Research News, Vol. 15 No. 5/6, pp. 30-31.




Copyright © 1992, MCB UP Limited

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