Relational identity and identification: Defining ourselves through work relationships

David M. Sluss, Blake Ashforth

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Abstract

We explore the meaning and significance of relational identity and relational identification, predicated on the role-relationship between two individuals. We argue that relational identity integrates person- and role-based identities and thereby the individual, interpersonal, and collective levels of self; contrast relational identity and relational identification with social identity and social identification; contend that relational identity and relational identification are each arranged in a cognitive hierarchy ranging from generalized to particularized schemas; and contrast relational identification with relational disidentification and ambivalent relational identification.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)9-32
Number of pages24
JournalAcademy of Management Review
Volume32
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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