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ERIC Number: EJ962639
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 29
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
ISSN: ISSN-0022-1546
Witch-Hunting at Crucible University: The Power and Peril of Competing Organizational Ideologies
Harris, Michael S.; Hartley, Matthew
Journal of Higher Education, v82 n6 p691-719 Nov-Dec 2011
The literature on organizational culture underscores the benefits of a strong culture--its capacity to draw people together through shared values and norms. Yet, the formation of a powerful ideology also has the capacity to promote divisiveness and to alienate those who fail to conform. This study employs Frank W. Lutz's witch-hunting framework in order to examine an institutional crisis at a small private faith-based institution. The case provides a rich illustration of the potential dangers of divisive ideologies on campus. (Contains 1 table and 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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