Accession Number : ADA130579

Title :   Semiotics and the Study of Occupational and Organizational Cultures.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,

Corporate Author : ALFRED P SLOAN SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT CAMBRIDGE MA

Personal Author(s) : Barley,Stephen R

PDF Url : ADA130579

Report Date : Jun 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 63

Abstract : Semiotics offers an approach for researching and analyzing systems of meaning that undergrid occupational and organizational cultures. Following a synopsis of semiotic theory, this paper presents data from an ethnosemantic study of a funeral home and demonstrates that semiotically identical codes structure a funeral director's understanding of his various tasks. The analysis not only suggests that semiotic research captures the redundant themes which characterize insiders' interpretations of this work world, but that it is also sensitive to the mundane, but critical, aspects of a culture. Finally, the study shows how semiotic research can elucidate rules by which members of a work culture consistently and coherently generate meaning. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Culture, *Anthropology, *Death, *Attitudes(Psychology), *Signs and symptoms, *Analogies, Social psychology, Behavior, Attitudes(Psychology), Cognition, Group dynamics, Organizations

Subject Categories : Sociology and Law
      Psychology
      Anatomy and Physiology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE