The construction of social identity in new nuclear operators : a longitudinal study

Nguyen, Lynda, Chang, Artemis, & Murphy, Glen D. (2013) The construction of social identity in new nuclear operators : a longitudinal study. In 27th Annual Conference of the British Academy of Management (BAM2013) : Managing to Make a Difference, 10-12 September 2013, Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Unpublished)

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Countless studies have stressed the importance of social identity, particularly its role in various organizational outcomes, yet questions remain as to how identities initially develop, shift and change based on the configuration of multiple, pluralistic relationships grounded in an organizational setting. The interactive model of social identity formation has been proposed recently to explain the internalization of shared norms and values – critical in identity formation – has not received empirical examination. We analyzed multiple sources of data from nine nuclear professionals over three years to understand the construction of social identity in new entrants entering an organization. Informed by our data analyses, we found support for the interactive model and that age and level of experience influenced whether they undertook an inductive or deductive route of the group norm and value internalization. This study represents an important contribution to the study of social identity and the process by which identities are formed, particularly under conditions of duress or significant organizational disruption.

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ID Code: 64745
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
Keywords: Social Identity, Construction, Nuclear Operators, Newcomer, Deductive and Inductive Norm Internalization
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Organisational Behaviour (150311)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Please consult the authors
Deposited On: 26 Nov 2013 02:42
Last Modified: 25 Nov 2014 20:16

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