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Shared identity in organizational stress and change

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Original article (peer-reviewed)
Author van Dick Rolf, Ciampa Valeria, Liang Shuang,
Project Identity construction in organizations nested in larger structures: a multiple case study of Sino-European M&As
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Original article (peer-reviewed)

Journal Current Opinion in Psychology
Volume (Issue) 23
Page(s) 20 - 25
Title of proceedings Current Opinion in Psychology
DOI 10.1016/j.copsyc.2017.11.005

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The social identity approach has been found very useful for the understanding of a range of phenomena within and across organizations. It has been applied in particular to analyze employees’ stress and well-being at work and their reactions to organizational change. In this paper, we argue that there is a mismatch between the theoretical notion of shared identities in teams and organizations and empirical research, which largely focuses on the individual employee's identification with his or her social categories at work. We briefly review the literature in the two areas of stress and change and conclude with an agenda for future research.