From Disunited to Joint Action: Dialogue Reflecting the Construction of Organizational Identity After a Merger
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CitationMönkkönen, Kaarina. Puusa, Anu. (2015). From Disunited to Joint Action: Dialogue Reflecting the Construction of Organizational Identity After a Merger. SAGE Open, 5 (3) , 1-13. 10.1177/2158244015599429.
Inter-organizational collaboration can be understood as a product of sets of conversations that draw on existing discourses. This article examines one public organization going through a fundamental organizational change. We describe the process of construction of organizational identity after a merger by using a model describing identified forms of interaction: (a) formally together, (b) unidirectional interaction, (c) juxtapositions, (d) construction of commonality, and (e) the state of joint action. There is a link between the construction of a more collectively interpreted identity and the way in which people communicate, create relationships, and network. This article highlights the relevance and meaning of conscious identity work in the process: The management’s ability and willingness to create forums for dialogue and social interaction creates potential for construction of a collectively interpreted organizational identity and promotes cooperation and collaboration.