Research Seminar with Professor Mats Alvesson
Organizational culture: studying meaning in depth
Organizational culture was very fashionable in the 1980’s and 90’s, promising rich understandings of organizations through thick descriptions, i.e. deeper explorations of layers of meanings. More recently ’surface-scratching’ studies have been more popular, including discourse, institutions and organizational identity, but there are strong reasons to return to the idea of organizational culture and exploit its potential for understanding almost all aspects of management and organizations. The presentation explores the concept of culture and illustrates its usefulness.
Mats Alvesson is Professor of Business Administration at the University of Lund, Sweden, and, part-time, University of Queensland Business School, Australia and Cass Business School, London. His research inter¬ests include critical theory, gender, power, professional services firms, organizational culture, leadership, identity, organizational image, qualitative methods and philosophy of science. Recent books include Understanding Gender and Organizations (Sage, 2009, with Y. Billing), Reflexive Methodology (Sage, 2009, with K. Sköldberg), Interpreting Interviews (Sage, 2010), The Triumph of Emptiness: Consumption, higher education and work organization (Oxford University Press, 2013) and Constructing Research Questions: Doing interesting research (Sage 2013, with J. Sandberg).