Metatheories and metaphors of organizational identity: integrating social constructionist, social identity, and social actor perspectives within a social interactionist model

Haslam, S. Alexander, Cornelissen, Joep P. and Werner M.D. (2017) Metatheories and metaphors of organizational identity: integrating social constructionist, social identity, and social actor perspectives within a social interactionist model. International Journal of Management Reviews, 19 3: 318-336. doi:10.1111/ijmr.12150


Author Haslam, S. Alexander
Cornelissen, Joep P.
Werner M.D.
Title Metatheories and metaphors of organizational identity: integrating social constructionist, social identity, and social actor perspectives within a social interactionist model
Journal name International Journal of Management Reviews   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1468-2370
1460-8545
Publication date 2017-07-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/ijmr.12150
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 19
Issue 3
Start page 318
End page 336
Total pages 19
Place of publication Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Language eng
Abstract This review examines three dominant metatheories of organizational identity that are grounded in social constructionist, social identity, and social actor theorizing. It focuses on root metaphors of framing, categorization and personification that are associated with each metatheory and outlines differences in their assumptions, key constructs, and forms of analysis. The review shows how the emphasis of each root metaphor serves to direct research along a particular path in ways that often lead to a siloing of research knowledge. However, while laying bare the foundations of each metatheory and discussing the nature of the empirical projects by which they are supported, we also seek to draw them more closely together. In particular, we do this by elaborating an integrative social interactionist model in which organizational identity is understood to be the product of recursive interaction between bottom-up and top-down processes of identity consensualization and contestation.
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Additional Notes Special Issue: Exploring the Registers of Identity Research

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