Distinguished Scholar Invited Essay: Exploring Identity and Identification in Organizations: Time for Some Course Corrections

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Abstract

Identity and identification remain very popular constructs for organizational scholars, regularly generating a bounty of provocative research. To help maintain the generativity of these root constructs, I suggest four “course corrections” for our explorations, namely, focusing more on (1) the core aspect of identification, that is, the definition of self in terms of a target; (2) other targets of identification aside from the organization; (3) the dark side of identification; and (4) perspectives of identity beyond social identity theory/self-categorization theory.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)361-373
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Leadership and Organizational Studies
Volume23
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2016

Keywords

  • biodata
  • groupthink
  • identity motives
  • levels of self
  • network identification
  • network identity
  • organizational identification
  • organizational identity
  • organizing
  • overidentification

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Strategy and Management
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research

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