Newcastle University Business School

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Business School Deans: identities and identity work

Date/Time: Thursday 18 May 2017, 16:00-18:00

Venue: Room 4.23, Newcastle University Business School

Speaker: Andrew Brown, Professor of Organisational Studies and Associate Dean for Research, School of Management, University of Bath

This seminar explores how academic middle managers incur multiple losses in the performance of their roles which they both draw on and mitigate in their discursive identity work.

Based on a sample of UK business school deans, this interpretive study contributes to the literatures on work identity, academic middle managers and identity loss.

Andrew Brown makes three key arguments:

  • for deans, loss (of a researcher identity, friends, integrity, innocence and equanimity) is an important discursive resource for identity work
  • the threats associated with loss are mitigated through talk about the satisfactions and achievements being a dean
  • and, there is a generic loss narrative template that people use to deal with loss which involves the identification of losses, their evaluation in relation to the self, and their management. 

Research group: Strategy, Organisations and Society