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On elephants and blind researchers:methods for accessing culture in organizations

Locatelli, Veronica and West, Michael (1996) On elephants and blind researchers:methods for accessing culture in organizations. Leadership and Organization Development Journal, 17 (7). pp. 12-21. ISSN 0143-7739

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Abstract

Compares two pre-existing methodologies for accessing culture - repertory grids and focused group discussions - with a modified version of the twenty statements test (TST), a method originally developed to measure self-concept. Makes the comparison on the basis of three criteria: the levels and elements of culture accessed by the different methods; the amount and usefulness of the information gathered; and the ease of use of the methods. Bases the comparison of the methods on information gathered from 158 participants in a major UK company. Concludes that the modified TST has most potential as a method for accessing culture in organizations. Concludes also that the conceptualization of aspects of culture needs to be clearer and more focused if progress in understanding about the content and consequences of culture is to be made.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Leadership and Organization Development Journal
Uncontrolled Keywords: Corporate culture ; Group discussions ; Methodology ; Repertory grid
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Departments: Lancaster University Management School > Lancaster University Management School - Other > Centre for Performance-Led HR
ID Code: 56033
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 20 Jul 2012 13:07
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 20:45
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/56033

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