Developing a framework for understanding the emotional dimension of organizational culture

Pizer, M. and Hartel, C. 2004, Developing a framework for understanding the emotional dimension of organizational culture, in The Fourth Conference on Emotions and Organizational Life, Conference Program and Paper Abstracts, Birkbeck College, London, England, pp. 20-21.

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Title Developing a framework for understanding the emotional dimension of organizational culture
Author(s) Pizer, M.
Hartel, C.
Conference name Conference on Emotions and Organiszational Life (4th : 2004 : London, England)
Conference location London, England
Conference dates 27-29 Jun. 2004
Title of proceedings The Fourth Conference on Emotions and Organizational Life, Conference Program and Paper Abstracts
Publication date 2004
Start page 20
End page 21
Publisher Birkbeck College
Place of publication London, England
Summary Why is it that in some organizations we are able to find and develop our positive selves and in others we are not? Responding to the call from positive organizational scholarship to better understand how to build contexts for human flourishing, in this paper we are concerned how an organization's culture contributes to our thriving, or failing to thrive, at work. We introduce the organizational culture construct and its summary dimensions, noting the absence of an emotional dimension. We show that it is through our interactions with others that organizational culture is developed and maintained, and through which we learn how to manage and interpret the emotions we experience. That is, relationships are central to both culture and emotions. Integrating Josselson's model of our relational needs with Schein's typology of organizational culture, we present a relationally-based framework for an emotional dimension of organizational culture. The paper concludes with a report on a study designed to refine the framework presented and suggests that individuals will thrive in organizations where the cultural norms and values for relating enable a "good enough" fulfillment of our relational needs.
ISBN 0975241605
Language eng
Field of Research 170107 Industrial and Organisational Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category E3 Extract of paper
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30014185

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: Deakin Graduate School of Business
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