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History, Material Memory and the Temporality of Identity Construction

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Title: History, Material Memory and the Temporality of Identity Construction
Authors: Ravasi, D
Rindova, V
Stigliani, I
Item Type: Journal Article
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 legitimate 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 investigated the uses of four corporate museums established by Italian manufacturers of consumer goods Alessi, Alfa Romeo, Ducati and Piaggio. We identified three distinct forms of engagement, reflecting different perspectives on the relationship between history and identity, involved different cognitive processes and emotional responses, and influenced organizational 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.
Issue Date: 15-Oct-2018
Date of Acceptance: 1-Oct-2018
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10044/1/65192
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.5465/amj.2016.0505
ISSN: 0001-4273
Publisher: Academy of Management
Journal / Book Title: Academy of Management Journal
Copyright Statement: © 2018 Academy of Management
Keywords: 1503 Business And Management
1505 Marketing
Business & Management
Publication Status: Published online
Online Publication Date: 2018-10-15
Appears in Collections:Imperial College Business School



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