Ecologies of Memories: Memory Work Within and Between Organizations and Communities

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

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In this paper, we review and synthesize the growing sociology-informed literature on organizational memory studies, which focuses on collective memory as a social construction of the past. To organize this literature, we present an ecological view of collective memory. Organizations, from this perspective, are conceived of as both constituted by a variety of mnemonic communities and, simultaneously, part of a broader ecology of mnemonic communities. We use this framework to guide our review of the various forms of memory work within and between mnemonic communities. Our review shows that much of the sociologically informed research has focused on memory work within communities. We also identify an emerging interest in the study of memory work between communities. In conclusion, we discuss possible future directions and outline a three-point agenda for future research that calls for a better understanding of the relational dynamics of memory with a focus on the organizing of memory, the embeddedness of memory work, and the construction of experiences of the past.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)373-404
Number of pages32
JournalAcademy of Management Annals
Issue number1
Early online date24 Jan 2023
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2023
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


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