- List of Figures
- List of Tables
- Editor Biographies
- Author Biographies
- Critical Theory and its Contribution to Critical Management Studies
- Critical Realism in Critical Management Studies
- Poststructuralism in Critical Management Studies
- Perspectives on Labor Process Theory
- Organizations and the Natural Environment
- Power at Work in Organizations
- Critical Management Studies on Identity: Mapping the Terrain
- Managing Globalization
- Discourse and Critical Management Studies
- Culture: Broadening the Critical Repertoire
- Critical Approaches to Organizational Change
- Ethics: Critique, Ambivalence, and Infinite Responsibilities (Unmet)
- Critical Management and Organizational History
- Gender and Diversity: Other Ways to “Make a Difference”
- Towards a Workers' Society? New Perspectives on Work and Emancipation
- Critical Management Methodology
- Information Systems
- Human Resource Management
- Challenging Hierarchy
- On Striving to Give a Critical Edge to Critical Management Studies
- Critical Reflections on Labor Process Theory, Work, and Management
- Critical Management Education
- Handbooks, Swarms, and Living Dangerously
Abstract and Keywords
This article aims to present some of the key debates on, and contributions of, critical work on identities. Before doing so, it is necessary to clarify that, in focusing on CMS, other bodies of work on identity in, and of, organizations are excluded. Notable exclusions include, first, work based largely on social-identity theory. This has inspired many of the functionalist studies into organizational identity, focusing on the degree to which individuals define themselves in relation to the organization, with the assumption that greater congruence between the two leads to enhanced commitment, loyalty, and motivation. The article discusses studies that have sought to analyse the interrelation of power and subjectivity in identity formation, and which are oriented towards challenge and change. It sets out some of the key tensions underpinning critical studies on identity, considering fundamental debates over the ontology of identity and of agency. These are then developed and discussed in the main body of the article, focusing firstly on issues of subjectification, identification, and identity regulation; secondly on identity resistance and dis-identification; and thirdly on crafting identities.
Robyn Thomas is Professor of Management at Cardiff Business School, and Ghoshal Fellow of the Advanced Institute of Management Research. Her main research interests center on managerial and professional identities, and forms of identification in relation to change and restructuring in organizations. Robyn's work has appeared in a range of management and organization journals and books, including Organization Studies, Organization, Public Administration, and Critical Perspectives on Accounting.
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