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THE ‘TEXTURE’ OF ORGANIZING IN AN ITALIAN UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT*

Silvia Gherardi and Antonio Strati

Journal of Management Studies, 1990, vol. 27, issue 6, 605-618

Abstract: The texture of organizing is an elusive concept, one that embraces the intangible quality of the activities of an organization's members. In this article we use examples taken from an empirical study of a department of mathematics in an Italian university to illustrate the social processes that underlie the construction of texture. We define ‘texture’ as that imaginative domain of organizational actors where processes such as the creation of a sense of togetherness and of ownership, mutual understanding and misunderstanding of organizational life, shifting memberships and audiences link and interweave. Some methodological issues concerning the concept of texture are also examined.

Date: 1990
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