ERIC Number: ED428408
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Nov
Stories of Integration, Differentiation, and Fragmentation: One University's Culture.
Kramer, Michael W.; Berman, Julie E.
This study examined the culture of a university by analyzing its stories. Stories were collected over a period of five years at a large midwestern research university. Results suggest that a strong student subculture is frequently in conflict with the organization's dominant tradition-based culture. Stories illustrate the conflict between these two, as well as provide examples of unity between them. Other stories are ambiguous, not clearly espousing any values. In this way, the analysis suggests the importance of using all three perspectives on organizational culture defined by J. Martin (1992). The results seem applicable to studying other organizations as well, since stories of conflict and unity may provide insight into organizations' cultures. Contains 21 references and a figure illustrating the typology of organizational stories. (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Communication Association (84th, New York, NY, November 21-24, 1998).