Managing managerial identities: Organizational fragmentation, discourse and identity struggle

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This is a case study of managerial identity work, based on an in-depth case of a senior manager and the organizational context in which she works. The article addresses the interplay between organizational discourses, role expectations, narrative self-identity and identity work Identity is conceptualized in processual terms as identity work and struggle. The article illuminates fragmentation as well as integration in the interplay between organizational discourses and identity. It aims to contribute to a processual oriented identity theory and to the methodology of identity studies through showing the advantage of a multi-level intensive study.


Research areas and keywords

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  • Business Administration
  • Economics and Business


  • narrative, identity struggle, discourse, identity, managerial
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1163-1193
JournalHuman Relations
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2003
Publication categoryResearch