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Organizational Culture and Paradoxes in Management
Firms, Families, and Their Businesses

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ISBN 9780367211547
July 8, 2020 Forthcoming by Routledge
328 Pages

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Book Description

Studies on culture, change and social processes within organizations have been historically organized around orthogonal approaches. While the literature on change has focused in creating pragmatic, generally simple methodologies that bypass the complexity of the data in order to emphasize the possibility of intervention, literature aimed at truly understanding of the firm and its processes has emphasized the ambiguity of organization and the difficulties involved in reaching a unitary view of its processes, let alone creating a single theory of change. Finally, the literature on family businesses has been restricted to limited views of the field, disregarding the rich insights brought by psychology, sociology or anthropology. The result of these trends has been a gap in the creation of knowledge, with a paucity of studies that link theory with practice and ground change on a comprehensive view of the social reality of the firm. This book addresses both the specific need of family businesses and the broader demands of any organization in which the issue of culture is seriously considered.

Drawing on the notions and scholarship on organizations and sociology, the authors propose new concepts and tools for the change agents interested in working with the instrumental rules of the firm with the cohesive tone of the family. Organizational Culture and Paradoxes in Management will be of value to students at an advanced level, academics and reflective practitioners. It addresses the topics with regard to management and organizational studies and will be of interest to organizational scholars, consultants and leaders interested in fostering a meaningful culture within organizations and family businesses.

Table of Contents

1. The Premises of the Argument

2. Family Business in Relation to Tradition, Culture and Organizational Culture

3. Reality, Identity and the Paradoxes of Truth

4. The Paradoxes of Communication and Learning

5. The Paradoxes of Power and Contracting

6. The Paradoxes of Organization: Change, Meaning, Culture and the Perspective of the Leadership

7. Conclusion and Presentation of a Methodology of Change

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Saulo C. M. Ribeiro is a Founding Partner for the Organizational Consultancy, Consultoria Empresarial Ltd, Brazil.

Sue Dopson is an Associate Dean of Faculty at Said Business School, University of Oxford, UK.