Organizational Memory Studies

Date

2020

Authors

Foroughi, Hamid
Coraiola, Diego M.
Rintamäki, Jukka
Mena, Sébastien
Foster, William M.

Journal Title

Journal ISSN

Volume Title

Publisher

Organization Studies

Abstract

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.

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Keywords

memory, collective memory, social memory, historical organization studies, rhetorical history, mnemonics, organizational memory studies, remembering

Citation

Foroughi, H., et al. (2020). Organizational Memory Studies, Organization Studies, 41(12), 1725-1748. https://doi.org/10.1177/0170840620974338