Paper presented at the 8th EGOS Organization Studies Summer Workshop.
Mykonos, Greece, May 2013.
Current research in organizational culture aims to reflect the rapidly
changing environment of contemporary organizations, where
inter-organizational alliances (Boyacigiller and Adler, 1991; Brannen
and Salk, 2000; Vlaar et al, 2007) and the effects of international
markets and multinational market processes are commonplace (Ailon-Souday
and Kunda, 2003; Hermans and Kempen, 1998; Martin, 2002; Riad and
Vaara, 2011). Moving from earlier paradigms, where organizational
cultures were described as systems of shared collective meanings within
particular organizational boundaries (Pettigrew, 1979; Schein, 1990),
recent research puts more emphasis on the discontinuous and fragmented
cultural meanings that permeate our post-industrial organizations
(Alvesson, 2002; Bourne and Edwards, 2012; Czarniawska, 1992; McKenna
and Rooney, 2012). Following this tradition, this paper sets out to
expand our understanding of organizational cultural processes exploring
the effects of the current financial crisis on employment and
organizations through the experience of young un(der)employed Europeans.