The polyvalence of fear

Palermo, O. ORCID: 0000-0002-6325-8055 and Duarte, H., 2018. The polyvalence of fear. In: 9th International Research Meeting in Business and Management (IRMBAM-2018), Nice, France, 5-7 July 2018.

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Our paper captures the instrumental nature of fear in the workplace and its implications for the socio-ideological control literature. The belief that actors’ internalisation of values would foster the achievement of organisational goals impacted on identity management. As a result, management’s appeals to individuals’ emotions and values have been used to foster actors’ compliance with organisational interests. Fear has served this purpose. Nevertheless, researchers have overlooked the possibility that negative emotions can lead to actors’ proactive behaviours.

Drawing on the outcomes of an ethnographic study, we argue that fear is a polyvalent resource that can show actors’ responses to the dynamic cycle of organisational sensebreaking – sensegiving as a form of socio-ideological control. Our finding reveals that, as much as socio-ideological controls enable organisations to persist in their intention of encouraging actors’ compliance, the processes through which they are constructed and shared makes them fluid, shifting and ambivalent.

Item Type: Conference contribution
Creators: Palermo, O. and Duarte, H.
Date: July 2018
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Depositing User: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 20 Nov 2018 09:31
Last Modified: 20 Nov 2018 09:31

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