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Organisationskultur ur två perspektiv: En jämförande studie av två etnografier ifrån socialantropologi och organisationsteori
Linköping University, Department of Culture and Communication.
2009 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Organizational Culture from two perspectives : A comparative study of two ethnografies from Social Anthropology and Organization Studies (English)
Abstract [en]

This study aims to compare two ethnographies of organizational culture – one from the discipline of Social Anthropology and one from the discipline of Organizational Studies – considering their purpose, their method, and their concept of culture. Despite big similarities, or perhaps thanks to the similarities, some fundamental differences are made visible. The discipline of Organizational Studies has, compared to that of Social Anthropology, regarding the research method being used, less focus on, and less participation in, the informal social life of the organizational culture of the study. Regarding the concept of culture the Organizational Studies consider culture containing more of unity, stability and clear boundaries, compared to Social Anthropology. Further – the Organizational Studies has more focus on power and structure, while Social Anthropology has more focus on meaning and interpretation. Finally – the research purpose of studies in Organizational Studies is a bit more normative in its characteristic, than that of Social Anthropology. The study is concluded with a discussion of the future of Social Anthropology and its studies of organizational culture. An argumentation is conducted intended to get the two disciplines to learn from each other in the area of organizational culture, and also intended to show the discipline of Social Anthropology a road to relevant studies in the area of organizational culture.

Abstract [sv]


Denna studie syftar till att jämföra två etnografier inom organisationskultur - en från disciplinen socialantropologi och en från disciplinen organisationsteori - med fokus på deras respektive syfte, metod och kulturbegrepp. Trots stora likheter, eller kanske tack vare likheterna, syns några grundläggande skillnader. Organisationsteorin har, jämfört med socialantropologin, angående forskningsmetod, mindre fokus på och mindre deltagande i det informella sociala livet i den studerade organisationskulturen. Angående kulturbegreppet så ser organisationsteorin kultur som något enhetligt, stabilt och tydligt avgränsat i större utsträckning än socialantropologin. Vidare har organisationsteorin större fokus på makt och struktur, medan socialantropologin har mer fokus på mening och tolkning. Slutligen är organisationsteorins syfte något mer normativ i sin karaktär än hos socialantropologin. Studien avslutas med en diskussion om socialantropologins framtid på området organisationskultur. En argumentation drivs i syfte att de två disciplinerna ska kunna lära från varandra och i syfte att visa en väg för socialantropologin att bedriva relevanta studier på området organisationskultur.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. , 42 p.
Keyword [en]
Anthropology, Social Anthropology, ethnography, organizational studies, organizational culture, culture, organization, philosophy of science, work, workplace, corporation, garsten, kunda, tech, apple, fieldwork, method, participant observation, formal, informal, emic, etic, concept, martin
Keyword [sv]
Antropologi, Socialantropologi, etnografi, organisationsteori, organisationskultur, organisation, kultur, vetenskapsteori, jämförelse, arbetsplats, arbete, företag, Garsten, Kunda, Tech, Apple, fältarbete, organisationsantropologi, metod, deltagande observation, formellt, informellt, emic, etic, kulturbegrepp, martin
National Category
Social Anthropology
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-16757ISRN: LIU-IKK/SANT-C--08-010--SEOAI: diva2:160484
Linköpings Universitet, Linköping (Swedish)
Available from: 2009-02-16 Created: 2009-02-13 Last updated: 2009-02-16Bibliographically approved

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