Original Article


, Volume 16, Issue 4, pp 377-394

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Identity Building in Organisations: Proactive Capability Development

  • Lauge Baungaard RasmussenAffiliated withDepartment of Manufacturing Engineering and Management, Technical University of Denmark, Lyngby, Denmark

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Identity building in organisations is often viewed as legitimacy of value systems of the organisation. Based on empirical studies the task of this article is to argue that such a legitimacy approach risks failing in the longer perspective, if the proactive capability development is neglected. The participatory scenario method presented in this article is one of the possible methods to enhance identity building based on proactive capability development.

Key words: Conflict management – Creativity – Identity building – Organisation – Proactive capabilities – Routine reflection – Scenario method