Basic Assumptions Themes in Organizations

Susan C. Schneider, Paul Shrivastaval

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Uncovering themes of organizational basic assumptions can assist in interpreting strategic behavior. These themes are derived from the dynamics at individual, group, and organizational levels of analysis, which reflect views of self, world, and others. Several such themes are presented in this paper. Structural properties of basic assumptions are then explored to understand how they operate. Diagnostic and research methods are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)493-515
Number of pages23
JournalHuman Relations
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1988

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • General Social Sciences
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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