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Identity and the Modern Organization

1st Edition

Edited by Caroline A. Bartel, Steven Blader, Amy Wrzesniewski

Psychology Press

304 pages

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Identity and the Modern Organization presents a lively exchange of ideas among psychology and management scholars on the realities of modern organizational life and their effect on the identities that organizations and their members cultivate. This book bridges the domains of psychology and management to facilitate a multi-disciplinary, multi-level integration of theory and research on identity processes.

The volume highlights answers to important questions raised by shifting organizational forms and arrangements, such as:

  • How are identity processes affected by, and how do they affect, the motivations of individuals and organizations?
  • How do identity and identification shape the social processes that unfold between individuals and groups?
  • How do strong versus weak contexts affect identity processes as the boundaries of organizations and social categories within them become more permeable?

An effective tool for understanding a wide variety of organizational phenomena, this book is intended for scholars and students in the fields of management, organizational theory, organizational behavior, social psychology, and industrial/organizational psychology.

Table of Contents

Contents: Part I: Introduction. S.L. Blader, A. Wrzesniewski,C.A. Bartel, Identity and the Modern Organization. Part II: Social Motivations in Modern Organizations. M.A. Glynn, C. Marquis, Legitimating Identities: How Institutional Logics Motivate Organizational Name Choices. M.A. Hogg, Organizational Orthodoxy and Corporate Autocrats: Some Nasty Consequences of Organizational Identification in Uncertain Times. S.L. Blader, Let’s Not Forget the “Me” in “Team”: Investigating the Interface of Individual and Collective Identity. B. Ashforth, Identity: The Elastic Concept. Part III: Social Processes in Modern Organizations. M.G. Pratt, K.G. Corley, Managing Multiple Organizational Identities: On Identity Ambiguity, Identity Conflict, and Members’ Reactions. C.A. Bartel, A. Wrzesniewski, B. Wiesenfeld, The Struggle to Establish Organizational Membership and Identification in Remote Work Contexts. S.A. Haslam, S. Reicher, Social Identity and the Dynamics of Organizational Life: Insights From the BBC Prison Study. A. Brief, E. Umphress, Lost in Identities: A Brief Tale of Two Explorers. Part IV: The Contextual Landscape of Modern Organizations. S. Spataro, J. Chatman, The Effects of Inter-Organizational Competition on Identity-Based Organizational Commitment. D.C. Seyle, W.B. Swann, Jr., Being Oneself in the Workplace: Self-Verification and Identity in Organizational Contexts. S. Ashford, M.A. Barton, Identity-Based Issue Selling. J. Dukerich, Identity and Beyond: Future Directions for Identity and Identification Research. Part V: Conclusion. D. Whetten, The Study of Organizational Member Identification: Organization-Appropriate Applications of Social Identification Theory.

About the Series

Organization and Management Series

The Organization and Management Series publishes books that establish innovative avenues of inquiry or significantly alter the course of contemporary research in an established area.

Taking a broad view of the domain of organization and management scholarship, the editors seek to publish theoretical and empirical works grounded in a variety of disciplinary perspectives that focus on units of analysis ranging from individuals to industries. In addition, the series welcomes purely methodological contributions, as well as edited volumes of original essays.

Manuscript proposals should be sent to: Art Brief, Department of Management, University of Utah, 1645 E Campus Center Drive #105, Salt Lake City, Utah 84112-9304 (, Michael Frese (, Kim Elsbach (, and Christina Chronister (

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Applied Psychology
PSYCHOLOGY / Industrial & Organizational Psychology