Identity as Process and Flow

Dennis A. Gioia, Shubha Patvardhan

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Rather than viewing organizational identity in the usual fashion as some sort of entity, thing, or "being," we suggest that identity might be better viewed in terms of ongoing process or flow. We argue that such a counterintuitive stance generates a different way of understanding identity, which when viewed in concert with its more usual portrayal, actually produces a more insightful understanding of this key concept. We touch on several of the debates surrounding organizational identity and suggest approaches to studying its dynamics from a process research perspective.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationConstructing Identity in and around Organizations
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191738388
ISBN (Print)9780199640997
StatePublished - May 24 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)


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