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Organizational Cultures in the Public Services (Chapter 20)

Dingwall, Robert and Strangleman, Tim (2005) Organizational Cultures in the Public Services (Chapter 20). In: Ferlie, Ewan B and Lynn Jr, Laurence E. and Pollitt, Christopher, eds. The Oxford Handbook of Public Management. Oxford University Press, Oxford. ISBN 978-0-19-925977-9. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

This article considers how an important social scientific concept became a management fad. It begins with the idea of culture and its history in organizational studies. It then looks at contemporary debates about the way that an understanding of culture may contribute to successful management and concludes by considering whether there are differences between public and private sectors that are relevant to this task. Anthropologists have traditionally seen the study of culture as a defining feature of their discipline: Social anthropologists, in studying the institutionalised social relationships that are their primary concern, have found it essential to take account of the ideas and values which are associated with them, that is, of their cultural content. No account of a social relationship in human terms can be complete unless it includes reference to what it means to the people who have it. Culture does not have a material existence, although physical objects may be treated as cultural artefacts, by virtue of the meanings that people assign to them.

Item Type: Book section
Uncontrolled keywords: Organizational culture, public services, successful management, social relationship, cultural artefacts, institutionalisation
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Mita Mondal
Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2014 15:00 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 11:51 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/38255 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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