Who are we? The social construction of organizational identity through sense-exchanging

Bing Ran, Timothy J. Golden

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Abstract

Using Pennsylvania State University's responses to an identity threat, this article discusses the social construction of organizational identity as a negotiated outcome between various stakeholders. The authors propose four main characteristics of the social construction of organizational identity-intentional, temporal, relational, and external-that extend Ran and Duimering's demarcation of two identity construction processes: the linguistic and the social construction. The authors also provide some guidance for public institutions, universities, or nonprofit organizations as they construct, maintain, and negotiate a positive identity in the context of threatening changes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)417-445
Number of pages29
JournalAdministration and Society
Volume43
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Public Administration
  • Marketing

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