Transforming organizational identity under institutional change.

He, Hongwei and Baruch, Yehuda (2009) Transforming organizational identity under institutional change. Journal of Organizational Change Management, 22 (6) . pp. 575-599. ISSN 0953-4814 [Article] (doi:10.1108/09534810910997014)


Purpose – The objective of this paper is to report a case study investigating how organizational identity evolves during institutional change within a UK building society.

Design/methodology/approach – The paper employs an inductive case study, which is appropriate for examining such change processes. It builds on grounded theory, considered appropriate for such an explanatory research.

Findings – The paper finds that: institutional change, especially regulation and practice changes, serves as the trigger to increasing salience of identity issues, i.e. identity ambiguity, legitimacy crisis and perceived identity obsolescence; leadership, organizational culture and strategic exercises are salient apparatuses to tackle identity problems caused by external pressure; and a new identity is formed as a result of the managerial interventions, characterised by the rediscovery of historical roots, modernization and dualism.

Research limitations/implications – The paper provides an account of identity change, given a broader business environment change context within which the organization operates. Utilizing qualitative study of one case may be taken as a limitation.

Originality/value – The theoretical contribution reflected in the findings has implications for the interfaces between identity and institutional environment and organizational culture.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > Business School > Leadership, Work and Organisations
ISI Impact: 2
Item ID: 7604
Depositing User: Devika Mohan
Date Deposited: 08 Apr 2011 08:09
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2016 14:22

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