Dogs in organizations

Miguel Pina e Cunha, Arménio Rego, Iain Munro

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What roles do dogs play in organizational life and formal organizations? Dogs are mostly ignored by organization theory despite the existence of a rich literature on human–animal studies that helps theoretical extension in the direction of organization studies. We discuss why and to what extent dogs are important actors in the lives of organizations and discuss reasons that explain such relevance in functional and symbolic terms. Overall, we suggest that dogs can constitute another indicator of organizational diversity and explain why their presence in organizations is more than just a fad.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)778-800
Number of pages23
JournalHuman Relations
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2019


  • critical animal studies
  • dogs
  • human–animal studies
  • leadership
  • organizations


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