Breaking the silence

The role of gossip in organizational culture

Ad van Iterson, Kathryn Waddington, Grant Michelson

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From the early 1980s, the number of studies pertaining to organizational culture expanded considerably to the point where it could reasonably be argued that the field had reached a level of maturity. Perhaps indicative of this maturity was the publication of the first handbook of organizational culture and climate (Ashkanasy et al. 2000). The commencement of academic interest in the topic of organizational culture generally coincided with the publication of two books mainly aimed at practitioners—Peters and Waterman’s, In search of excellence (1982) and Deal and Kennedy’s, Corporate cultures: the rites and rituals of corporate life (1982). This is not to suggest that these books account exclusively for the intellectual curiosity generated in the function and purpose of culture for an organization as there were well-known examples which had earlier sought to address the issue of organizational cultures (e.g. Pettigrew 1979). Nonetheless, these tomes were influential in raising interest in, and scope for, research on organizational culture.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Handbook of organizational culture and climate
EditorsNeal M. Ashkanasy, Celeste P.M. Wilderom, Mark F. Peterson
Place of PublicationThousand Oaks, Calif. ; London
PublisherSAGE Publications
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781452244273
ISBN (Print)9781412974820
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes

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