All in a day's work

Boundaries and micro role transitions

Blake Ashforth, Glen E. Kreiner, Mel Fugate

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Abstract

We focus on everyday role transitions involving home, work, and other places. Transitions are boundary-crossing activities, where one exits and enters roles by surmounting role boundaries. Roles can be arrayed on a continuum, spanning high segmentation to high integration. Segmentation decreases role blurring but increases the magnitude of change, rendering boundary crossing more difficult; crossing often is facilitated by rites of passage. Integration decreases the magnitude of change but increases blurring, rendering boundary creation and maintenance more difficult; this challenge often is surmounted by boundary work.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)472-491
Number of pages20
JournalAcademy of Management Review
Volume25
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2000
Externally publishedYes

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All in a day's work : Boundaries and micro role transitions. / Ashforth, Blake; Kreiner, Glen E.; Fugate, Mel.

In: Academy of Management Review, Vol. 25, No. 3, 07.2000, p. 472-491.

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Ashforth, B, Kreiner, GE & Fugate, M 2000, 'All in a day's work: Boundaries and micro role transitions', Academy of Management Review, vol. 25, no. 3, pp. 472-491.
Ashforth, Blake ; Kreiner, Glen E. ; Fugate, Mel. / All in a day's work : Boundaries and micro role transitions. In: Academy of Management Review. 2000 ; Vol. 25, No. 3. pp. 472-491.
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