What is it about?

The article offers a novel perspective on the formation of organizational identity (OI) during major organizational change. The empirical context of our studies is the establishment of a new acute care department and the re-organization of care, where nurses and managers struggle to construct and reclaim a legitimate identity within the hospital and simultaneously strive to gain a leading position among acute care departments in the country. We show how OI is constructed through the strategizing moves of managers and nurses. This includes their narrative constructions of their quest for care progression and a legitimate OI that function as symbolic, emotional and practical glue

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Why is it important?

We propose that OI is inherently temporal, embodied and socially configured and cannot be separated from the institutionalized context of its setting because it is interlaced with (in this case) health professional logics. This conceptualisation of OI is new in the literature.

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This page is a summary of: Organizational Identity Struggles and Reconstruction During Organizational Change: Narratives as symbolic, emotional and practical glue, Organization Studies, June 2019, SAGE Publications,
DOI: 10.1177/0170840619854484.
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