Security networks and occupational culture: understanding culture within and between organisations

Whelan, Chad 2017, Security networks and occupational culture: understanding culture within and between organisations, Policing and society, vol. 27, no. 2, pp. 1131-135, doi: 10.1080/10439463.2015.1020804.

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Title Security networks and occupational culture: understanding culture within and between organisations
Author(s) Whelan, ChadORCID iD for Whelan, Chad
Journal name Policing and society
Volume number 27
Issue number 2
Start page 1131
End page 135
Total pages 23
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2017
ISSN 1043-9463
Keyword(s) security network
police culture
occupational culture
organisational culture
Summary Security networks are organisational forms involving public, private and hybrid actors or nodes that work together to pursue security-related objectives. While we know that security networks are central to the governance of security, and that security networks exist at multiple levels across the security field, we still do not know enough about how these networks form and function. Based on a detailed qualitative study of networks in the field of ‘high’ policing in Australia, this article aims to advance our knowledge of the relational properties of security networks. Following the organisational culture literature, the article uses the concept of a ‘group’ as the basis with which to analyse and understand culture. A group can apply to networks (‘network culture’), organisations (‘organisational culture’) and sections within and between organisations (‘occupational subcultures’). Using interviews with senior members of security, police and intelligence agencies, the article proceeds to analyse how cultures form and function within such groups. In developing a network perspective on occupational culture, the article challenges much of the police culture(s) literature for concentrating too heavily on police organisations as independent units of analysis. The article moves beyond debates between integrated or differentiated organisational cultures and questions concerning the extent to which culture shapes particular outcomes, to analyse the ways in which security nodes relate to one another in security networks. If there is one thing that should be clear it is that security nodes experience cultural change as they work together in and through networks.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/10439463.2015.1020804
Field of Research 160205 Police Administration, Procedures and Practice
160206 Private Policing and Security Services
1602 Criminology
1605 Policy And Administration
1607 Social Work
Socio Economic Objective 940404 Law Enforcement
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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