Rituals Revisited: A New Look at Organizational Rituals
Código: WPE – 074
Michael J. Zyphur
Adam J. Barsky
Janna L Rose
This paper integrates material from the study of rites, rituals and ceremonies in order to apply these constructs to the study of organizations. A brief history of the study of the constructs is offered, describing how the constructed originated in the anthropology literature, later making its way into organizational theory by way of the work of Trice and Beyer. A theoretical framework concerning the components, types, and functions of rites, rituals, and ceremonies is described, attempting to unify the diverse perspectives discussed. Then, a survey of field research in organizations uses this theory as a framework, formulating propositions regarding the various types of rituals in organizations. Conclusions about the current state of knowledge in the field are followed by implications for future study.