The social construction of organisational disintegration: exploring identity dynamics and restructuring through a longitudinal case study of a post-socialist enterprise

Anna Soulsby, Ed Clark

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This article seeks to advance our understanding of organizational change by exploring the relationships between patterns of organizational restructuring and identity dynamics as they interrelate over time. Our arguments are set in the empirical context of post-socialist Central Europe and the data, derived from the longitudinal study of a former state-owned enterprise that has been visited many times from 1993 to 2011, tell the story of a process of vertical disintegration. The article contributes to the field by elaborating the dynamic effects of identity ambivalence and identity conflict on top management decision making and the consequent social construction of organizational change processes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91-111
Number of pages21
JournalCompetition and Change
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2012


  • organizational identity
  • Czech Republic
  • vertical disintegration
  • organisational restructuring
  • post-socialism
  • identity ambivalence
  • longitudinal study

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