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The Stuff of Legend: History, Memory, and the Temporality of Organizational Identity Construction

Ravasi, D; Rindova, V; Stiglliani, I; (2019) The Stuff of Legend: History, Memory, and the Temporality of Organizational Identity Construction. Academy of Management Journal , 62 (5) pp. 1523-1555. 10.5465/amj.2016.0505. Green open access

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Abstract

A growing body of research on how organizations engage with their histories has shown that organizational members revisit history in the light of present-day concerns to inspire or legitimize future courses of action. Studies of the processes through which organizational history is brought to bear on the present and future, however, remain rare. To uncover the processes and practices through which organizational members systematically engage with history, we investigate uses of material memory in four corporate museums. Our analysis uncovers three distinct modes of engagement, reflecting different temporal perspectives on organizational identity, involving different cross-temporal interpretative processes, and influencing action in different ways. Our theoretical insights have significant implications not only for understanding the use of history in organizations, but also for research on organizational identity and organizational memory.

Type: Article
Title: The Stuff of Legend: History, Memory, and the Temporality of Organizational Identity Construction
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.5465/amj.2016.0505
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.5465/amj.2016.0505
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the version of record. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Organizational identity, temporality, organizational memory, organizational history, product innovation
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > UCL School of Management
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10062445
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