Organizational emotional memory

Akgun A. E., Keskin H., Byrne J.

MANAGEMENT DECISION, vol.50, no.1-2, pp.95-114, 2012 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 50 Issue: 1-2
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Doi Number: 10.1108/00251741211194895
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.95-114
  • Keywords: Emotional memory, Organizational memory, Declarative memory, Procedural memory, Memory, Organizations, SOCIAL-LIFE, KNOWLEDGE, CULTURE, METAPHORS, SOCIOLOGY, WORKPLACE, INTELLIGENCE, PERSPECTIVE, PERFORMANCE, MECHANISMS
  • Yıldız Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Purpose - As a fascinating concept, the term of organizational memory attracted many researchers from a variety of disciplines. In particular, the content of organizational memory, which involves declarative and procedural memory, found broad research interest in the management literature. Nevertheless, there is sparse research in the management literature on the emotional content aspect of organizational memory. Emotional memory is a less obvious aspect of the organizational memory and should be conceptualized, defined and investigated to enhance the literature on the organizational memory. The purpose of this study is to: define and establish the characteristics of organizational emotional memory; discuss the process of emotional memory in organizations such as how emotional memory can be developed and retrieved, and where it can be stored in organizations; and develop arguments regarding the roles of emotional memory in organizations to enhance the current theory on organizational memory.