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The Self at Work
Fundamental Theory and Research

ISBN 9781138648234
Published December 19, 2017 by Routledge
402 Pages

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Book Description

The Self at Work brings researchers in industrial and organizational psychology and organizational behavior together with researchers in social and personality psychology to explore how the self impacts the workplace. Covering topics such as self-efficacy, self-esteem, self-control, power, and identification, each chapter examines how research on the self informs and furthers understanding of organizational topics such as employee engagement, feedback-seeking, and leadership. With their combined expertise, the chapter authors consider how research on the self has influenced management research and practice (and vice-versa), limitations of applying social psychology research in the organizational realm, and future directions for organizational research on the self. This book is a valuable resource for researchers, graduate students, and professionals who are interested in how research on the self can inform industrial/organizational psychology.

Table of Contents

  1. The Self at Work: An Overview

D. Lance Ferris, Russell E. Johnson, and Constantine Sedikides

Part I: Fundamental Concepts and Theories

  1. Self-Efficacy
  2. Jeffrey B. Vancouver, Mark Alicke, and Leah R. Halper

  3. Self-Esteem
  4. Douglas J. Brown and Virgil Zeigler-Hill

  5. Social Identifications in Organizational Behavior
  6. Daan van Knippenberg and Michael A. Hogg

  7. Self-Enhancement in Organizations
  8. D. Lance Ferris and Constantine Sedikides

  9. Self-Control in Work Organizations
  10. Russell E. Johnson, Mark Muraven, Tina L. Donaldson, and Szu-Han (Joanna) Lin

  11. Emphasizing the Self in Organizational Research on Self-Determination Theory
  12. James M. Diefendorff, Nathalie Houlfort, Robert J. Vallerand, and Daniel Krantz

  13. The Role of Guilt in the Workplace: Taking Stock and Moving Ahead
  14. Rebecca L. Schaumberg, Francis J. Flynn, and Jessica L. Tracy

  15. Contextualizing Social Power Research within Organizational Behavior
  16. Michael Schaerer, Alice J. Lee, Adam D. Galinsky, and Stefan Thau

    Part II: Integrative Themes

  17. Culture, Work, and the Self: The Mutual Influence of Social and Industrial Organizational Psychology
  18. Jasmine L. Wheeler, Michele J. Gelfand, Ying-yi Hong, and Chi-yue Chiu

  19. An Actor-Perceiver Model of Impression Management in Organizations
  20. Mark R. Leary and Mark C. Bolino

  21. Escaping the Self: Negative Self-Evaluations and Employee Alcohol Misuse
  22. Cynthia D. Mohr, Sarah N. Haverly, Ariane Froidevaux, and Mo Wang

    Part III: Applications to Organizational Concepts

  23. How Future Work Selves Guide Feedback Seeking and Feedback Responding at Work
  24. Frederik Anseel, Karoline Strauss, and Filip Lievens

  25. The Self and Engagement at Work
  26. Sabine Sonnentag and Doris Fay

  27. Dual Process Models of Self-Schemas and Identity: Implication for Leadership and Followership Processes

Robert G. Lord and Susanna L. M. Chui

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D. Lance Ferris is Associate Professor of Management in the Broad College of Business at Michigan State University, USA.

Russell E. Johnson is Associate Professor of Management in the Broad College of Business at Michigan State University, USA.

Constantine Sedikides is Professor and Director of the Centre for Research on Self and Identity at the University of Southampton, UK.


‘Just as the self is foundational to our personal understanding of how we connect to the world, so The Self at Work will become foundational to our scholarly understanding of what it means to "be" in the workplace.’Blake Ashforth, Horace Steele Arizona Heritage Chair and Professor of Management, Arizona State University, USA

‘The editors have assembled a dynamite volume that will be the definitive source for understanding the human self in the workplace. Packed with information and rich with diverse perspectives, the book covers many vital aspects of workplace behaviour, including task performance, decision-making, unethical behaviour, striving for improvement, personnel evaluation, identification with the company, colleague relationships, leadership, blame time, workplace aggression, organizational culture, alcohol and drug abuse, and impression management. Anyone interested in the psychological dynamics of organizations and work will find this book an invaluable addition to his or her library.’Roy F. Baumeister, Francis Eppes Eminent Scholar and Professor of Psychology, Florida State University, USA; author of New York Times bestseller Willpower

‘The Self at Work presents a broad and inclusive view of self research and self theory as applied to the workplace. Topics from self-esteem and self-efficacy to narcissism and even cultural models of the self are included. The theory and research brought together in this volume have the potential to drive a full decade of research.’W. Keith Campbell, Professor of Psychology, University of Georgia, USA

The Self at Work is an impressive and timely volume on an important topic. Understanding identity processes in work contexts has emerged as a cutting-edge area of study across a number of perspectives (e.g., employee, supervisor, organization). This volume brings together the writings of eminent scholars who have studied various aspects of the self at work. It is sure to be a valuable resource for anyone interested in state-of-the-science reviews on essential topics in this field.’ David V. Day, Professor of Psychology, Academic Director of the Kravis Leadership Institute, Claremont McKenna College, USA