Lookup NU author(s): Professor Charles Harvey,
Professor Roy Suddaby
How might political ideology help to shape an organizational field? We explore the discursive construction of the multinational hotel industry through analysis of one of its leading actors, Hilton International (HI), conceived by Conrad Hilton as a means of combatting communism by facilitating world peace through international trade and travel. While the politicized rhetoric employed at hotel openings reflected institutional diversity, it resonated in parallel with a strong anti-communist discourse. We show that through astute political sensemaking and sensegiving, macro-political discourse which is ideological and universalising may be allied to micro-political practices in strategic action fields. Our study illuminates the processes of early-stage post-war globalization and its accompanying discourses, demonstrating that the foundation of a global industry may be ideologically inspired. Our primary contribution to theory is specific acknowledgement of the importance of political ideology as a particular ‘social skill’, helping to determine how international business has been ‘won’.
Author(s): Maclean M, Harvey C, Suddaby R, O'Gorman K
Publication type: Article
Journal: Human Relations
Pages: Epub ahead of print
Online publication date: 08/09/2017
Acceptance date: 09/06/2017
ISSN (print): 0018-7267
ISSN (electronic): 1741-282X
Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd.
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