John Van Maanen

John Van Maanen
Massachusetts Institute of Technology | MIT

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Purpose: This randomized phase II study (HOVON89) in patients with low/int-1 risk MDS refractory or unlikely to respond to erythropoietin and granulocyte-colony stimulating factor (EPO/G-CSF) assessed efficacy and safety of lenalidomide without (Arm A) or with EPO+/-G-CSF (Arm B) in case of no erythroid response after 4 cycles. Patients and methods...
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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to describe and reflect on the experience as corporate ethnographers working in (and for) a large, multinational company with a remit to study and articulate “the culture of the firm.” Design/methodology/approach – The research relied heavily on interviews and some (participant) observation carried out period...
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Symbolism is defined and illustrated in semiotic terms and linked to a cultural perspective on management and organization. Attention is also given to how symbols are “decoded.”
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This article first provides something of an informal narrative of my own academic career and suggests just what is idiosyncratic to that narrative and what seems to me to be rather general. This is followed by a swift look at ethnography as a social practice and some of its defining features highlighting the relatively recent burgeoning of ethnogra...
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Background In the Netherlands it is no longer allowed to use freedom restricting measures such as fixation of patients in bed. However, risk of falls and mental and physical restlessness in bed are common problems in patients with Huntington’s disease (HD), so looking for safe alternatives is needed. A ball blanket seems to be a good alternative. T...
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Purpose – This collection of commentaries on the reprinted 1987 article by Nancy C. Morey and Fred Luthans, “Anthropology: the forgotten behavioral science in management history”, aims to reflect on the treatment of the history of anthropological work in organizational studies presented in the original article. Design/methodology/approach – The es...
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Book review: Jennifer C. Hunt, Seven Shots: An NYPD Raid on a Terrorist Cell and its Aftermath. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010. 361pp. $29.00 cloth. ISBN: 9780226360904 This is one hell of a book. Sweeping, energetic, lucid, rich in story and detail but sociologically informed and informing. Jennifer Hunt, a professor at Montclair State...
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This chapter is about three highly intertwined concepts. The first concerns occupational communities and the work cultures they nourish. The second concerns the work identities that are valued (and devalued) in such communities and how members of those communities manage to sustain and sometimes enhance these identities in their everyday activities...
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Some of the most influential work in international business (IB) is grounded by what looks remarkably like ethnographic fieldwork, in which researchers hang out with the executives of the companies they study and incorporate into their analysis the insights they gain. Valuable as this work is, it often fails to reflect on how these sources have sha...
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Ethnography is both a methodological approach to and an analytic perspective on social research. It has a long history and pedigree in organization and management studies and well beyond. Perhaps the most distinctive features of ethnography are its pragmatic orientations and its written products. As a way of responding to Tony Watson's essay, I loo...
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This essay tries to be true to a podium talk I presented at a conference in March, 2008. But, of necessity, certain consolidation liberties are taken. Beginning with a brief and broad treatment of ethnography as a paired written representation of and lengthy personal experience in a particular social world, I move to consider why the former, the te...
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Risk is an important but under-investigated feature of organizations in Late Modernity. This paper introduces the Special Issue on Organizations and Risk in Late Modernity. The rationale for the special issue is discussed. An overview of important approaches to risk research and organizations is provided to frame the special issue. These approaches...
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This special issue contains six papers that address a variety of practical research process questions. The papers explore how theory and method inevitably interact in particular organization and management studies. Here we offer an overview of how theory and method have been treated to date by organization researchers and suggest that respecting bo...
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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to comment on the articles presented in the Special Issue of Career Development International on “Change and continuity of traditional Japanese careers” (Vol. 11 No. 3). Design/methodology/approach – Commentary is provided to contextualize traditional careers and a quick overview is presented on the likely for...
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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to review some of the compositional and orientational shifts that have occurred in ethnography during the last 20 years. Design/methodology/approach – Within the paper the author produces a series of reflections based upon his own experiences of writing ethnography, plus of reading the ethnographic accounts of...
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In this article, the authors explore how structural changes in the labor market for professional and managerial employees might be changing the nature of emotional labor required in these occupations. They first draw on ethnographic data in a firm noted for stable long-term employment to illustrate how efforts to create a corporate culture focus on...
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In this article, the authors explore how structural changes in the labor market for professional and managerial employees might be changing the nature of emotional labor required in these occupations. They first draw on ethnographic data in a firm noted for stable long-term employment to illustrate how efforts to create a corporate culture focus on...
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An End to Innocence - John Van Maanen The Ethnography of Ethnography 'Deja Entendu' - Jean E Jackson The Liminal Qualities of Anthropological Fieldnotes Making a Study 'More Ethnographic' - Harry F Wolcott Literary Journalism as Ethnography - Michael Agar Exploring the Excluded Middle On Acknowledgements in Ethnographies - Eyal Ben-Ari Humor in Eth...
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A small but significant portion of writing in the still expanding domain of organizational research and theory is devoted to debunking the essentialist and (allegedly) scientifically grounded ideas and programs of our peers. Some of my writing, including this effort, falls within this tradition. Debunking the would-be towers of power in our field b...
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As this collection of essays suggests, organizational theorists are just getting around to the serious study of the MNC. As of yet they have not had much time for culture, but when culture does enter into the emerging representation of the MNC, it does so often as an all-purpose variable used to account for many of the problems faced by MNCs. Such...
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This article presents a comparative reading of the theme parks Disneyland, DisneyWorld, Tokyo Disneyland, and (in brief) EuroDisney. The aim is to explore how an explicitly American product flows across distinct cultural boundaries. The park itself is treated as a source of cultural experience for those who pay to wander about its grounds and parta...
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This moming I had the passenger window on my 1979 Ford Grenada replaced. The window had shattered a few days before when my 8-year-old daughter closed the door with vigor and authority. Kibitzing with the glass man as he went about his trade, we both wondered whether or not any future displays of similar zeal would have identical consequences. Work...
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Public policies are raw resources. They can be put to practical use in ways that offend those who initially created them. Policy research sometimes takes the perspective of the offended without giving due regard to the perspective of the offenders. The conceptual and practical limitations of such an approach are illustrated in this article. The con...
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Drawing upon field research carried out in the police force of an American city, this study examines the deep, recurrent organizational tension between the street culture of policing, epitomized by the so-called “patrolman's mentality,” and the administrative culture of the police hierarchy, as this tension is reflected in the processes of becoming...
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Drawing upon field research carried out in the police force of an American city, this study examines the deep, recurrent organizational tension between the street culture of policing, epitomized by the so-called “patrolman's mentality,” and the administrative culture of the police hierarchy, as this tension is reflected in the processes of becoming...
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Although organizations are often said to have cultures, it is perhaps more accurate to conceive of organizations as collections of subcultures. This paper first proposes an abstract model of organizational subculture defined in terms of structural constraints of time and space, an interactional matrix, collective understandings, a transformation of...
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Research in organizational socialization is typically more concerned with settings where recruits are treated harshly than with settings where they are treated well. This paper concerns the latter, and argues that such settings allow recruits to import skills, knowledge, and values. What is imported is called a culture of orientation. Three quasi-e...
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Research in organizational socialization is typically more concerned with settings where recruits are treated more harshly than with settings where they are treated well. It is argued that in settings where they are treated well recruits are allowed to import skills, knowledge and values. The process is described. (Author/MLW)
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The last several decades have been characterized by widespread and growing interest in ocean politics. As coastal nations have extended their jurisdictions over ocean resources and territories, the world's fisheries have emerged as a prominent topic of international debate, scientific study, management control, and public concern. During this perio...
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Updated reprint of "Administrative science quarterly", Dec. 1979. Incl. bibl.
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The organization is but one frame of reference for understanding work behavior. Equally powerful but largely unexplored social forces in the workplace are groups sired by the perception of common task. After developing the concept of an occupational community as a framework for analyzing the phenomenological boundaries of work worlds, the authors s...
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Fishing as an occupation is typically regarded as a most traditional trade. The work culture associated with fishing is seen to be homogeneous and stable, membership being gained primarily through kinship ties. This article questions such a depiction and suggests the current visibility of "nontraditional" types of fishermen increasingly active in w...
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"June, 1982." Bibliography: p. 41-43. John Van Maanen, Deborah Kolb.
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The aftermath of a police shooting is a messy matter. The consequences of a shooting are felt and acted upon at several levels within police organizations. Official, col legial, and individual versions of a particular shooting often contrast in both form—external/intemal/private—and con tent—representation/symbol/feeling. Based on one's commit ment...
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This study examines certain changes taking place within the occupational world of commercial fishermen in the United States. An ethnographic description of fishing in Bristol Bay, Alaska, is provided. This fishery is regarded as an exemplar of “modern” fishing and is shown to contrast sharply with “traditional” fishing. Some of the more critical so...
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Studies of early career experiences consistently emphasize the importance of initial socialization. During this process, employees build and revise their perceptions of their job environment. Using a multidimensional scaling methodology, the collective and individual perceptual responses of 130 patrolmen regarding various aspects of their work sett...
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The model presented forces us to view evaluation from two interdependent perspectives: conceptual and operational. Conceptual processes consist of planning, implementation, measurement, and decision making; operational processes consist of specifying, measuring and comparing objectives against a standard. (Available from: Grantsmanship Center, 1031...
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Identifies 7 dimensions or strategies of socialization and discusses their consequences for the individual and for the organization. Three basic assumptions underlie the analysis: (a) People in a state of transition are more or less in an anxiety-producing situation and are motivated to reduce this anxiety by learning the functional and social requ...
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Three thousand five hundred subjects from four governmental organizations (two municipalities, one county, and one state) were interviewed to investigate the nature ofjob satisfaction in the public sector. The intent of the study is to examine the relationships between components of satisfaction and various conceptually objective design variables o...
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"To appear in: Barry Staw (ed.) Annual review of research in organizational behavior, vol. 1, New York: JIP Press, 1978."
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Presents initial research findings describing changes over time in work satisfaction in 4 types of careers: administrative, professional, clerical, and maintenance. Survey data on work satisfaction were gathered from 4,400 employees representing a broad range of jobs in these 4 categories from 5 government organizations. Satisfaction is seen as hav...
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This article documents changes in the attitudes of police recruits moving through the series of experiences associated with their early careers. The data were obtained from questionnaires which were administered longitudinally to newcomers in a big-city department and cross-checked by the researcher who was a participant-observer in the police trai...
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This work is to be published as a chapter in Herbert Jacobs (Ed.) Volume III of the Annals of Criminal Justice (Beverly Hills, California: Sage Publishing Co.)
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Thesis--University of California at Irvine. Photocopy: Ann Arbor : Xerox University Microfilms, 1977. 20 cm.
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The characteristics of audio equipment are rarely studied in time domain, mostly in frequency domain. Although the characteristics in frequency domain are important, the primary way humans hear sound is in time domain. The characteristics of an audio system in time domain should therefore be given more attention. In this paper, some common misunder...
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The aim of this study was to compare the culture of Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis from 2050 individual fecal samples from Dutch cattle herds in the following two culture methods: on a conventional solid agar, using modified Löwenstein-Jensen media (LJ), and in the TREK ESP para-JEM Culture System II. All samples cultured in the ESP-sy...
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Revisión y análisis acerca de los recursos retóricos empleados para la presentación de resultados del trabajo de campo de proyectos de investigación apoyados en una base etnográfica. John van Maanen repasa las fortalezas y debilidades del informe realista de la etnografía clásica; el testimonio del investigador que asume el papel de observador part...

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