A model of culture -based identity and action

Jonathan Andrew Matheny, University of Rhode Island


This paper introduces and tests the validity of a comprehensive model of organizational culture for theory, teaching, and practice. The model integrates contemporary culture theory of Hatch (1993) and Martin (1992) with theories of self, interpretation, and motivation. Components of the model are tested with the Organizational Culture Profile (OCP) (Caldwell & O'Reilly, 1990; O'Reilly, Chatman, & Caldwell, 1991; Chatman & Jehn, 1994) in combination with a projective technique which is roughly equivalent to the Thematic Apperception Test (TAT) (Murray, 1943; McClelland, Atkinson, Clark, & Lowell, 1953), thus employing a combination of quantitative and qualitative methodology. The paper concludes with a discussion of results in light of the proposed model and suggestions for future exploration of its theoretical and practical contributions. ^

Subject Area

Psychology, Social|Business Administration, Management|Psychology, Industrial|Sociology, Social Structure and Development

Recommended Citation

Jonathan Andrew Matheny, "A model of culture -based identity and action" (1996). Dissertations and Master's Theses (Campus Access). Paper AAI9702082.