Organizational Memory Studies

Hamid Foroughi, Diego Coraiola, Jukka Rintamäki, Sébastien Mena, William Milton Foster

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    This paper provides an overview and discussion of the rapidly growing literature on Organizational Memory Studies (OMS). We define OMS as an inquiry into the ways that remembering and forgetting shape, and are shaped by, organizations and organizing processes. The contribution of this article is threefold. We briefly review what we understand by organizational memory and explore some key debates and points of contestation in the field. Second, we identify four different perspectives that have been developed in OMS (functional, interpretive, critical and performative) and expand upon each perspective by showcasing articles published over the past decade. In particular, we examine four papers previously published in Organization Studies to show the distinctiveness of each perspective. Finally, we identify a number of areas for future research to facilitate the future development of OMS.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalOrganization Studies
    Early online date29 Oct 2020
    Publication statusEarly online - 29 Oct 2020


    • collective memory
    • forgetting
    • History
    • Learning
    • organizational learning
    • vicarious learning
    • literature review
    • memory
    • mnemonics
    • remembering
    • rhetorical history
    • social memoy
    • Topics


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