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Corporate identity orientation and disorientation: A complexity theory perspective
  The importance of corporate identity to organizations is increasing, which has led to the conceptualisation of corporate identity orientation. This paper challenges existing thinking by suggesting that if corporate identity orientation exists, so could corporate identity disorientation. Using a complexity theory perspective this conceptual paper explores how orientation/disorientation could emerge, and how the two could be related. The paper concludes that a combination of orientation and disorientation could be beneficial for corporate identity development, and that disorientation need not be wholly negative. This is relevant because the environment organizations find themselves in increasingly causes identity disorientation, so exploring this further helps address this crucial issue. As such, this paper opens new directions for researchers to look at corporate identity development, and also for practitioners to embrace elements of disorientation and how it may help unlock new opportunities.

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    27 December 2019

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    Historic Funder (pre-Worktribe)


Devereux, L., Melewar, T., Dinnie, K., & Lange, T. (2020). Corporate identity orientation and disorientation: A complexity theory perspective. Journal of Business Research, 109, 413-424.



Corporate identity, Complexity theory, Strategic orientation, Corporate identity orientation, Corporate identity disorientation

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