Collective intentionality in organizations: A meta-ethnography of identity and strategizing

Christopher W J Steele, Brayden G. King

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Sociologists often treat groups and organizations as if they had collective intentionality - that is, a collective impetus for action that exists semiindependently of the members of the group. At present, however, we lack a sound understanding of how collective intentionality is achieved or maintained. Furthermore, although organizations provide a well-defined and distinctive setting for an empirical and theoretical investigation of collective intentionality, organizational intentionality in its own right has received little attention. In this chapter, we seek to address the relationship between collective intentionality, organizational identity, and organizational decisionmaking, using the potentially powerful method of meta-ethnography: the comparison, contrast, and synthesis of multiple ethnographies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdvances in Group Processes
Number of pages37
StatePublished - 2011

Publication series

NameAdvances in Group Processes
ISSN (Print)0882-6145

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science


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