The ideas developed in this book have emerged over many years and, more importantly, owe a great deal to our interactions with numerous colleagues, business leaders, students, and organizations of various sorts, including business firms, hospitals, universities, and churches.

The discussions led by Michel Berry and Jean-Marc Oury of the Paris School of Management inspired our early thinking about the role of identity in business life. Three workshops organized by our colleague David Whetten, of Brigham Young University, in Park City and Sundance reinforced our nascent interest and broadened our understanding of the power and challenges of using identity in the study of management.

Our conversations with Rob Cautilli, Bertrand Collomb, ...

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