A Companion to Organizational Anthropology (Wiley Blackwell by D. Douglas Caulkins, Ann T. Jordan

By D. Douglas Caulkins, Ann T. Jordan

The 1st accomplished consultant to anthropological experiences of complicated organizations• deals the 1st entire connection with the anthropological research of advanced organizations
• info how organizational concept and examine in enterprise has followed anthropology’s key thought of tradition, inspiring new insights into organizational dynamics and development
• Highlights pioneering theoretical views starting from symbolic and semiotic techniques to neuroscientific frameworks for learning modern organizations
• Addresses the comparative and cross-cultural dimensions of firm agencies and of non-governmental organisations operating within the globalizing economy
• issues lined contain organizational dynamics, entrepreneurship, innovation, social networks, cognitive types and group development, organizational dysfunctions, worldwide networked firms, NGOs, unions, digital groups, company tradition and social responsibility
• provides a physique of labor that displays the breadth and intensity of the sphere of organizational anthropology and makes the case for the significance of the sector within the anthropology of the twenty-first century

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Recognizing the importance of “institutional legacies” is valuable to an analysis of organizational change as in today’s global organizational environment, organizations draw on “ ‘sleeping’ nearly forgotten institutional legacies as a resource for their institutional change projects” (this volume). Others continue the work of Mary Douglas. Her theoretical contribution to the study of organizations, typically called either cultural theory or group/grid theory, has proven robust and continues to be used by organizational anthropologists.

Other corporations to hire anthropologists in house included General Motors, Kodak, Motorola, and Hewlett Packard. In the 1990s, ethnography became the fashionable research tool for well-known Internet consulting and design firms, such as Scient, Viant, Razorfish, and Sapient, who employed anthropologists to conduct research into new product design. Sapient employed 23 PhDs in anthropology and closely aligned disciplines, and an additional 100 people in its offices around the world were using ethnographic techniques.

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