Organizational cultures, and in particular stories, carry a claim to uniqueness - that an institution is unlike any other. This paper argues that a culture’s claim to uniqueness is, paradoxically, expressed through cultural manifestations, such as stories, that are not in fact unique. We present seven types of stories that make a tacit claim to uniqueness. We show that these seven stories occur, in virtually identical form, in a wide variety of organizations. We then suggest why these stories have proliferated while others have not.
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- K. Asaho (Ed.), Corporate Culture. Tokyo, Japan: Holt, Saunders, Japan, Ltd., 1985. 05/19/14 Page 6
- P. Gagliardi (Ed.), Culture d’Impresa: Nuove Prospecttive di Analisi Organizzativa. Milano, Italy: ISEDI, 1986.