Managing identity transitions during radical change in nuclear engineering organizations

Nguyen, Lynda, Chang, Artemis, & Murphy, Glen D. (2014) Managing identity transitions during radical change in nuclear engineering organizations. In Proceedings of British Academy of Management 2014 Conference (BAM2014), British Academy of Management, Belfast, Northern Ireland.

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This study reports the construction and reconstruction of identities of new and existing employees during a significant transition phase of a nuclear engineering organization. We followed a group of new and existing employees over the period of three years, during which the organization constructed a greenfield nuclear facility with new generational technologies whilst in parallel, decommissioned the older reactor. This change led to the transfer and integration of existing trade-based employees with the newly recruited, primarily university educated graduates in the new site. Three waves of interview data were collected, in conjunction with the cognitive mapping of social grouping and photo elicitation portrayed the stories of different group of employees who either succeeded or failed at embracing their new professional identity. In contrast with the new recruits who constructed new identities as they join this organization, we identify and report on the number of enabling and disabling factors that influence the process of professional identity construction and reconstruction during gamma change.

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ID Code: 76084
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Professional Identity Construction, Nuclear Engineers, New Employees, Norm Internalization, Enabling and Disabling Factors
ISBN: 9780954960872
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 2014 Please consult the Authors
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