Contesting histories: Unity and division in a building society

Martin Parker*

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This paper reports a study of managers in a small English building society. Its intent is to stress the importance of members' contested understandings of the history of their institution. Management in this organisation were both a unitary and a divided group - collective in some respects but divided in others. This is demonstrated with particular reference to managers' different accounts of the organisation'S past and the ways in which these were deployed as relevant resources for avoiding extinction in the future.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)589-605
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Organizational Change Management
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2002


  • Building societies
  • Corporate culture
  • History
  • Management attitudes
  • Management styles


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