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Title: Investigating the nature of organisational identification : what are the antecedents and consequences of complex patterns of identification in the workplace?
Author: Horton, Kate Elizabeth
ISNI:       0000 0004 2724 8372
Awarding Body: University of Sheffield
Current Institution: University of Sheffield
Date of Award: 2010
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This thesis investigates identification within the workplace, extending current identification literature to consider the impact of complex patterns of workplace identification on a range of work-related outcomes. A series of interconnected field studies conducted within the British Royal Navy investigate 3 primary questions; how do how individuals form attachments to multiple workplace targets? How do new attachments form over time? and what is the impact of identification on behaviour and attitudes within and across organisational subgroups? Including a sample of 790 Royal Navy Personnel, Study 1.1 investigates the nature of identification with multiple workplace targets, finding individual differences in sailors' attachments to career, functional team and ship foci according to rank and functional background. Analyses of this sample also provide evidence of the impact of identification patterns on knowledge sharing and perspective taking outcomes, for example finding that different patterns of identification have a differential impact on personnel's tendencies to take the perspective of members of their own and other teams. Study 1.2 builds on this theme by considering how patterns of identification influence conflict during cross boundary interactions. Incorporating a sub-sample of 156 in a longitudinal analysis, Study 1.2 tests a model of identification profiles, finding compelling evidence of the impact of patterns of identification upon cross boundary conflict. In particular I find that dominant and exclusive patterns of identification predict high levels of conflict over time. In the final study, I investigate dynamic aspects of identification, exploring how identification develops over time, as well as the causes of such change. Based on 133 Royal Navy leadership training recruits at 3 time points, this study finds that personnel's emerging attachments to a new organisational subgroup are affected by their initial levels of identification with individual and super-ordinate targets as well as by their perceptions of shared values.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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