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    When Identity Boundaries are Breached: Examining the Scandal of the 1998 Winter Olympics


    Glynn, Mary Ann and Watkiss, Lee and Raffaelli, Ryan and Blyler, Maureen (2012) When Identity Boundaries are Breached: Examining the Scandal of the 1998 Winter Olympics. Proceedings of the New Frontiers in Management and Organizational Cognition Conference. ISSN 978-1-909561-01-4

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    Abstract

    We analyze media portrayals of the identity of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) regarding the 1998 Salt Lake City bribery scandal. Analyzing press accounts, supplemented by archival documents and interviews, we found that prior to the scandal, the IOC partitioned its hybrid identity elements, buffering ideology of Olympism from the economics of the Olympic Games. The scandal ruptured the identity boundary, mixing ideology and economics in the wake of the scandal, confounding and tainting organizational identity. With the scandal juxtaposing identity elements, calls for IOC reform advocated identity reconstruction that would again partition identity elements. Our findings attest to the critical role of boundary management in identity construction within a hybrid organization.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Organizational Identity; Multiple Identities; Boundaries; Institutions; Managerial and Organizational Cognition;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Business
    Item ID: 4043
    Depositing User: Professor Robert Galavan
    Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2012 11:15
    Journal or Publication Title: Proceedings of the New Frontiers in Management and Organizational Cognition Conference
    Publisher: National University of Ireland Maynooth
    Refereed: Yes
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