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Drinking  from the waters of Lethe: A tale of organizational oblivion
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Business, Economics and Design, Linnaeus School of Business and Economics.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5303-5544
2010 (English)In: Management Learning, ISSN 1350-5076, E-ISSN 1461-7307, Vol. 41, no 2, 187-204 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article is a reflection on organizational oblivion, viewed as an archetypical antonym of learning. The consequences of this kind of forgetting for organizational identity construction are described as a narrative project. We refer to the image of Lethe, an archetype of forgetting, to depict how forgetting directly affects the process of identity narrative construction. In this perspective, drinking from the waters of Lethe implies not just the loss of knowledge or memories of how things are done, but the loss of identity so that the individuals do not know who they are anymore. In this context, forgetting disrupts organizational narrative which ceases to be a coherent story and results in organizational identity loss.

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Sage , 2010. Vol. 41, no 2, 187-204 p.
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Business Administration
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Economy, Ledarskap, entreprenörskap och organisation
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-15428DOI: 10.1177/1350507609355495OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-15428DiVA: diva2:453045
Available from: 2011-10-31 Created: 2011-10-31 Last updated: 2016-05-03Bibliographically approved

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