- 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
A considerable body of work uses a sensemaking lens to understand identity processes in organizations. From this perspective, identities are constructed and maintained as individuals attend to, bracket, and draw on cues to enact meanings about who they are. At the same time, however, theories of identity have also been called upon to explain sensemaking. This is not surprising, since sensemaking is grounded in identity construction. As such, the two literatures have multiple, sometimes complicated, points of intersection. In this chapter, the authors explore the complex relationship between identity and sensemaking. They begin by articulating the assumptions that a sensemaking lens brings to identity. Next, they detail several ways in which the relationship between identity and sensemaking has been described in the existing literature. Then, they propose an understanding of the relationship between identity and sensemaking that integrates and extends previous research. The authors conclude by suggesting avenues for future research focused on the interplay between identity and sensemaking.
Heather C. Vough is an Associate Professor at the Lindner College of Business at the University of Cincinnati.
Brianna B. Caza is the Richard Morantz and Sheree Walder Morantz Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior and Business Ethics at the Asper School of Business, University of Manitoba.
Sally Maitlis is a Professor at the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.
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