Introduction: Rethinking culture, organization and management

Robert McMurray*, Alison Pullen

*Corresponding author for this work

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This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book provides a highly original and personal reflexive account of the impact of three foundational feminist writers on her own research, practice and writing: Judi Marshall, Arlie Hochschild and Kathy Ferguson. It highlights the nuanced writing of Joanne Martin – a sociologist whose work on culture has been overlooked and under-utilised when compared to textbook staples such as Schein and Hofstede. The book illustrates the ways in which Joanne Martin challenges the reductionism and simplification that characterises extant theory and practice on culture in organizational contexts, while at the same time acknowledging the value that is to be found in both theory and practice. Culture as understood through women writers is embodied – it is not constructed without people, and the diversity of experience and bodies lies at the heart of understanding culture.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRethinking culture, organization and management
EditorsRobert McMurray, Alison Pullen
Place of PublicationAbingdon, Oxon; New York
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor and Francis Group
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9780429279720
ISBN (Print)9780367234102
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Publication series

NameRoutledge focus on women writers in organization studies
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor & Francis Group


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