Reengineering Identity Journal Article uri icon



  • Recent theoretical work in organizational identification has developed two themes: that members of complex organizations have multiple social groups with which they identify and that acts displaying members’identifications contribute to the construction of collective identities. Using a multimethodological and longitudinal approach, this case study of a planned organizational change found that (a) members central in the communication network identified similarly across four social groups, whereas others concentrated on subsets of these identities; (b) members’ use of discursive resources to explain a contentious event both displayed structured interests and made claims on the collective’s identity; and (c) members’preferred identity structures were more local than distant following the event. These findings contribute to scholarship and practice by illustrating the multiplicity and duality of identification, by introducing a procedure to assess multiple identity structures simultaneously, and by calling attention to the influence of activity patterns in shaping identities, particularly during planned change.

publication date

  • August 1, 2002

has restriction

  • closed

Date in CU Experts

  • August 1, 2014 11:20 AM

Full Author List

  • Kuhn T; Nelson N

author count

  • 2

Other Profiles

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0893-3189

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1552-6798

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 5

end page

  • 38


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