Early career researchers’ identity threats in the field: The shelter and shadow of collective support

Callagher, Lisa Jane, Elsahn, Ziad, Hibbert, Paul, Korber, Stefan and Siedlok, Frank (2021) Early career researchers’ identity threats in the field: The shelter and shadow of collective support. Management Learning, 52 (4). pp. 442-465. ISSN 1350-5076

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Based on an autoethnographic study of early career researchers’ field research experiences, we show how individuals deal with moments of discrimination that present identity threats. This is accomplished through participating in the construction of a shared holding environment to provide emotional shelter and resources for resultant identity work. We show how they collectively develop anticipatory responses to future identity threats and inadvertently how this allows the effects of discrimination to be both unchallenged and amplified. We draw implications for identity work theory, adding to current understandings of identity threats, tensions, and challenges and the dynamics through which these are addressed, avoided, or worked around, as well as the shadow side of such activities. We also offer practical implications about the business schools’ role in nurturing early career researchers’ identity work.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: business schools, field research, identity, identity threats, identity work
Subjects: N100 Business studies
N200 Management studies
N900 Others in Business and Administrative studies
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
Depositing User: Rachel Branson
Date Deposited: 19 May 2022 13:17
Last Modified: 19 May 2022 13:30
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/49154

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