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Role Transitions in Organizational Life : An Identity-based Perspective - Blake Ashforth

Role Transitions in Organizational Life

An Identity-based Perspective

Paperback Published: 1st October 2000
ISBN: 9780805828931
Number Of Pages: 372

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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.

Series Editors' Forewordp. xi
Prefacep. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Roles and Role Transitionsp. 1
What Are Roles?p. 3
What Are Role Transitions?p. 7
Overview of the Role Transition Processp. 10
Additional Themesp. 17
Conclusionp. 21
Role Identitiesp. 23
Social Identity Theory and Identity Theoryp. 24
Integrating the Two Theoriesp. 27
Development of Role Identitiesp. 35
Temporary Role Identitiesp. 42
Conclusionp. 51
Psychological Motives Aroused by Role Transitionsp. 53
Psychological Motivesp. 54
Role Identification, Role Disidentification, and Ambivalencep. 73
Why Do Role Identification and Disidentification Matter?p. 82
Conclusionp. 86
Attributes of Role Transitionsp. 87
Low-Magnitude Versus High-Magnitude Transitionsp. 89
Socially Desirable Versus Socially Undesirable Transitionsp. 94
Voluntary Versus Involuntary Transitionsp. 97
Predictable Versus Unpredictable Transitionsp. 99
Collective Versus Individual Transitionsp. 100
Long Versus Short Duration of Transition Periodp. 102
Reversible Versus Irreversible Transitionsp. 103
Regular Versus Irregular Transitionsp. 105
Conclusionp. 106
Role Exitp. 109
Origins of Role Exitp. 110
First Doubtsp. 112
Seeking and Weighing Alternativesp. 121
The Turning Pointp. 126
Creating an Exrolep. 131
Expanding the Ebaugh (1988) Modelp. 142
Conclusionp. 148
Role Entry: Situational Contextp. 149
Strong Versus Weak Situationsp. 150
Entry Shockp. 157
Socialization Tacticsp. 162
Rites of Passage: Transition and Incorporationp. 172
Normalizationp. 179
Conclusionp. 182
Role Entry: Individual Dynamicsp. 185
Role Learningp. 186
Role Innovationp. 194
Individual Differencesp. 201
The ABCs of Role Identificationp. 209
Social Validationp. 215
Stressp. 220
Conclusionp. 222
Role Transitions and the Life Spanp. 225
Within-Role Transition Cyclesp. 226
Between-Role Transition Cyclesp. 232
Career Transition Cyclesp. 245
Age Dynamicsp. 252
Conclusionp. 256
Micro Role Transitionsp. 259
Role Boundaries and Role Identitiesp. 262
The Role Segmentation-Role Integration Continuump. 265
Role Transitions Over Time: The Development of Scripts and Schemasp. 278
Individual Differencesp. 279
Extending the Basic Frameworkp. 282
Conclusionp. 288
Epilogue: Summary and Major Themesp. 289
Summary of Major Argumentsp. 290
Major Themesp. 294
Conclusionp. 301
Referencesp. 303
Author Indexp. 335
Subject Indexp. 347
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ISBN: 9780805828931
ISBN-10: 0805828931
Series: Lea's Organization and Management Series
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 372
Published: 1st October 2000
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.6
Edition Number: 1

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