Role Transitions in Organizational Life: An Identity-based Perspective / Edition 1

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Overview

Identity-based approaches to understanding thoughts, feelings, and actions in organizations have produced, particularly in recent years, an array of rich insights that have broadened the domain of organizational behavior. This book brings these insights together in one complete source and uses them collectively to stretch further the boundaries of the discipline. Blake Ashforth accomplishes this goal by creating new ways of viewing the many forms of role transitions evident in organizational life. He looks at role transitions people make during the workday (i.e., from spouse/parent to employee) and studies the identity and status issues faced.

This unique authored book also creatively accomplishes two scholarly objectives. First, it provides a needed review, critique, and integration of what is known about being socially defined in an organizational context; and second, it provides fresh and intriguing perspectives on the dynamics of role engagement and disengagement both within and between organizations.

This book will appeal to psychologists, managers, and lifespan development researchers interested in the transitions people make as they go through life.

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Charts the process through which individuals move between roles during the workday and over the worklife, focusing on the social psychological dynamics of role entry and role exit. Explores not only the intersection of roles and identity, but many relatively undeveloped concepts such as normalization, turning points, disidentification, temporary identities, and role reversals. Research from an array of settings and occupations, from camp counselors to CEOs, is included. Of interest to students in organizational behavior. The author is affiliated with Arizona State University. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805828931
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/28/2000
  • Series: Series in Organization and Management Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 372
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Contents: A.P. Brief, J.P. Walsh, Series Editors' Foreword. Preface. Roles and Role Transitions. Role Identities. Psychological Motives Aroused by Role Transitions. Attributes of Role Transitions. Role Exit. Role Entry: Situational Context. Role Entry: Individual Dynamics. With M. Fugate, Role Transitions and the Life Span. With G.E. Kreiner, M. Fugate, S.A. Johnson, Micro Role Transitions. Epilogue: Summary and Major Themes.

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