On the edge of identity: Boundary dynamics at the interface of individual and organizational identities

Glen Kreiner, Elaine C. Hollensbe, Mathew L. Sheep

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Abstract

Organizational members are often faced with tremendous demands on their individual identities that affect their performance at work and their well-being as individuals.Previous research has been limited, however, by typically studying identity at either the individual or the organizational level. We therefore introduce a boundary approach that simultaneously examines identities across levels in order to better understand these identity demands. Specifically, we examine boundary dynamics that are negotiated at the interface of individual and organizational identities. We introduce the identity boundary dynamics of identity intrusion, distance and balance as different manifestations of identity boundary (in)congruence, both within and between individuals and organizations. Finally, we outline propositions that suggest boundary dynamics as a source of identity change.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1315-1341
Number of pages27
JournalHuman Relations
Volume59
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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