A Two-Year Stretch: The Functions of an Identity Workspace in Mid-Career Identity Work by Management Academics

Haynes, Kathryn, Grugulis, Irena, Spring, Martin, Blackmon, Kate, Battisti, Giuliana and Ng, Irene (2014) A Two-Year Stretch: The Functions of an Identity Workspace in Mid-Career Identity Work by Management Academics. Journal of Management Inquiry, 23 (4). pp. 379-392. ISSN 1056-4926

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This article examines the way in which identity workspaces function to facilitate and stimulate transitions at mid-career. We explore our collective experience as a cohort of a mid-career management academics participating in a 2-year fellowship program, which acted as an identity workspace in which mid-career identity work took place. Using insights from our narratives, interviews, and experiences, we demonstrate how the fellowship provided rites of passage, experimentation, and social defenses, and we analyze our identity work, in relation to mid-career development, disciplinary orientation, and relationships with existing institutions. We conceptualize the identity workspace as a liminal zone in which to experiment with provisional selves, finding that identity workspaces function through alterity as well as identity, and at a communal as well as individual level. The article draws out the challenges for the academic community to facilitate mid-career identity work experienced in this identity workspace within existing institutions.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Identity, career, academia, identity work, identity workspace, third place, liminality, reputation, service industries, socialization/orienting new employees
Subjects: N100 Business studies
N200 Management studies
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 11 Aug 2020 12:41
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2021 17:33
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/44056

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