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. https://doi.org/10.1108/eb028224
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