- Copyright Page
- List of Figures
- List of Tables
- List of Contributors
- Identities in Organizations
- On the Scope and Limits of Identity
- Bridging Self and Sociality: Identity Construction and Social Context
- ‘Identity Work’: A Metaphor Taken Literally?
- Networks and Identity: Positioning the Self and Others Across Organizational and Network Boundaries
- Career Identity: An Ongoing Narrative Accomplishment
- Applying an Intersectional Perspective to Identity Foci at Work
- Preserving the Generative Potential of Identity Scholarship: The Value of Writerly Texts
- Discourse, Communication, and Identity
- A Psychodynamic Perspective on Identity as Fabrication
- Lacan, Identities, and Organizations: Potentialities and Impossibilities
- Performed Identities
- Noise, Identity, and Pre-Interpreted Worlds: A Phenomenological Perspective
- Materialities and Identities
- Making Sense of Myself: Exploring the Relationship between Identity and Sensemaking
- Bourdieu and Identity: Class, History and Field Structure
- Human Identities, Identity Work, and Organizations: Putting the Sociological Imagination into Practice
- How Can I Study Who You Are?: Comparing Grounded Theory and Phenomenology as Methodological Approaches to Identity Work Research
- Conversations with the Self and Others: Practising Reflexive Researcher Identity Work
- Membership Categorization Analysis: <i>Studying Identities in Talk and Text</i> ‘In Situ, In Vivo’
- Between the Bridge and the Door: Exploring Liminal Spaces of Identity Formation Through Video Diaries
- Historical Methods for Researching Identities in Organizations
- Autobiographical Memory and Identities in Organizations: The Role of Temporal Fluidity
- Real, Fake, and Crystallized Identities
- Identity, Image, and Brand
- ‘If You Have to Say You Are, You Aren’t’: Paradoxes of Trumpian Identity Work Knotting in a Post-Truth Context
- Emotions and Identity
- Fiction and the Identity of the Manager
- The Liminal Playground: Identity Play and the Creative Potential of Liminal Experiences
- Gender Identity: Does It Still Matter in Organizations and Society?
- Identity Work in Developing Collaborative Leadership
- Age Identity and Organizations: Critical Potential and Challenges
- Hybrid Professional Identities: Responding to Institutional Challenges
- Organization Sexualities and LGBTQ+ Identities
- Stigmatized Identities in Organizations
- Anchored in the Past: Nostalgic Identities in Organizations
- National Identity in and around Multinational Corporations
- Paradoxes in the Pursuit of Positive Identities: Individuals in Organizations Becoming Their Best
- Crafting Philanthropic Identities
- Race and Identity in Organizations
- Creating Creative Identities in Organizations
- Identity Regulation and Globalization
- Finding OurSelves in Space: Identity and Spatiality
- Identity and Power in Organizational Theory
- Theorizing the ‘I’ in Institutional Theory: Moving Forward Through Theoretical Fragmentation, Not Integration
- Leadership and Identities: Towards More Critical Relational Approaches
- Entrepreneurship and Identity
- Strategy and Identities in Organizations
- The Killing Fields of Identity Politics
- Identities and Identification In Work Contexts: Beyond our Fixation on the Organization
- Agile Identities: Fragile Humans?
- Senses of Self: Affect as a Pre-Individual Approach to Identity at Work
- Identities, Digital Nomads, and Liquid Modernity
- Identity Saves the World?: Musings on Where Identity Research Has Been and Where It Might Go
- Identities in Organizations: Some Concluding Thoughts
- Name Index
- Subject Index
Abstract and Keywords
The lion’s share of research on identification in organizations reflexively continues to focus on the organization itself as the centrepiece of individuals’ work-related identity. In this chapter the authors argue that this focus is misplaced because: (1) even in relatively stable organizations, individuals tend to identify more strongly or as strongly with proximal targets such as their occupation and workgroups, and with artefacts and practices that are personally meaningful in their own right; and (2) work environments are becoming more virtual, temporary/project-based, and pluralistic, creating challenges of salience, stability, and authenticity. Given these challenges, the authors argue that individuals are increasingly vesting their identities in a mix of external foci (social identities in the form of roles, networks, projects/gigs, and third places) and internal foci (personal identities in the form of personal brands and protean selves). In making these arguments, the authors emphasize the importance of holding environments for both external and internal foci.
Blake E. Ashforth is the Horace Steele Arizona Heritage Chair at the W. P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University.
Jordana R. Moser is a PhD student at the W. P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University.
Philipp Bubenzer is a Professor at the School of Management Fribourg (HES-SO) and a Senior Researcher at ETH Zürich.
Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.
If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.