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Identity and the Modern Organization

    304 Pages
    by Psychology Press

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    by Psychology Press

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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.

    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.


    Caroline A. Bartel, Steven Blader, Amy Wrzesniewski

    "This book addresses a theoretical framework of current importance, relevance, and promise.  The book does so in a manner that's both communicative and empirically and theoretically sound.  It offers balanced blend of research, theory, and literature reviews and addresses current and diverse issues.  What's best...about this book is that it is thought provoking, especially through the effective use of integrative commentary...This book will be of substantial added value to a wide audience: from managers, to organizational development professionals, I/O psychologists, researchers and investigators, and practitioners in the fields of organizational behavior and dynamics, as well as social psychologists interested in social identity, and even clinical and counseling psychologists looking to broaden their understanding of the concept itself." - Leehu Zysberg, PsyCRITIQUES

    "The editors are to be thanked for providing a rich and ready reference for understanding identity and identification so that a wide community of scholars can take up this call for future directions. This book represents...a vigorous effort by identity scholars to forge some kind of identity for their community, whose research spans disciplines, methods, and levels of analysis." - Maureen Scully, PsyCRITIQUES