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How do i know who you think you are? A review of research methods on organizational identity

Ravasi, D. & Canato, A. (2013). How do i know who you think you are? A review of research methods on organizational identity. International Journal of Management Reviews, 15(2), pp. 185-204. doi: 10.1111/ijmr.12008


The notion of organizational identity was introduced in management studies in 1985. In the following 25 years, a vibrant debate about how to conceptualize organizational identities and related themes (multiple identities, identity change, interrelations between identity, image and culture) does not seem to have corresponded to explicit reflections about specific methodological issues. In this paper, the authors inductively review research methods adopted by studies of organizational identity published in top-level journals, with the purpose of deriving insights about the current status of research practices, uncovering their often tacit ontological and epistemological assumptions, and stimulating discussion about their possible evolution.

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Additional Information: This is the accepted version of the following article: Ravasi, D. and Canato, A. (2013), How Do I Know Who You Think You Are? A Review of Research Methods on Organizational Identity. International Journal of Management Reviews, 15: 185–204, which has been published in final form at
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Departments: Bayes Business School > Management
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