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Identity as narrative: overcoming identity gaps during work role transitions

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Self-narratives, defined as accounts of the relationship among self-relevant events over time, play a critical role in helping people adapt, revise and reconstruct identities during work role transitions. Role transitions pose two challenges to a person's sense of self: they create gaps between past and future work identities, and between identities claimed and identities granted in social interactions. Drawing from the literature on narrative and narration, we identify elements of narrative form and the narrating process that may help overcome these challenges by generating coherence, legitimacy and audience engagement. These, in turn, create feelings of consistency and authenticity and increase the likelihood that claimed identities are granted. With repeated interaction and revision, a more compelling narrative develops, one that helps the narrator incorporate new identity elements into a revised self-concept and gain full membership of the new work group.

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http://flora.insead.edu/fichiersti_wp/inseadwp2008/2008-27.pdf

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