Controlling Managers' 'Becoming': The Practice of Identity Regulation
Pezé, Stéphan (2013-08), Controlling Managers' 'Becoming': The Practice of Identity Regulation, in de Vaujany, François-Xavier; Mitev, Nathalie, Materiality and Space. Organizations, Artefacts and Practices, Palgrave Macmillan : Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire, p. 240-260. http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/9781137304094.0022
Book titleMateriality and Space. Organizations, Artefacts and Practices
Book authorde Vaujany, François-Xavier; Mitev, Nathalie
Number of pagesXXIV-361
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Abstract (EN)The aim of this chapter is to better understand how identity regulation – a key mode of control – is exercised within organizations. This process ‘encompasses the more or less intentional effects of social practices upon processes of identity construction and reconstruction’ (Alvesson & Willmott, 2002, p. 625). It is mainly constituted by the discursive practices that allow identity definition to prompt identity work, a form of more or less conscious self-work that is aimed at ‘forming, repairing, maintaining, strengthening or revising the constructions that are productive of a precarious sense of coherence and distinctiveness’ (Alvesson & Willmott, 2002, p. 626). Thus identity-regulation forms, along with identity work, the basis of identity construction – the process of ‘becoming’. To date, several studies have provided strong evidence of organizational discourses’ influence on individuals’ identity work and identity (e.g. Ainsworth & Hardy, 2009; Alvesson & Robertson, 2006; Sveningsson & Alvesson, 2003; Thomas & Linstead, 2002), despite the fact that this influence is only partial due to both conflicting and incomplete discourses and to the inescapable individual agency (Thomas & Linstead, 2002) that is exercised through identity work. Nevertheless, in spite of these valuable insights, we lack an understanding of the basic practices that support (and sometimes fail) to achieve identity regulation – that is, the critical operation that consists of the linking of discourses to identity (Alvesson & Willmott, 2002, p. 628). To better comprehend this new mode of control, we need to know how identity regulation is performed through individuals’ concrete actions.
Subjects / KeywordsCadres (personnel); Formation; Identité professionnelle; Managerial training; Micro-practices; Identity work; Identity regulation
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