Extended self and possessions in the workplace

Tian, Kelly and Belk, Russell W. 2005, Extended self and possessions in the workplace, Journal of consumer research, vol. 32, no. 2, pp. 297-310.

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Title Extended self and possessions in the workplace
Author(s) Tian, Kelly
Belk, Russell W.
Journal name Journal of consumer research
Volume number 32
Issue number 2
Start page 297
End page 310
Publisher University of Chicago Press
Place of publication Chicago, Ill.
Publication date 2005-09
ISSN 0093-5301
1537-5277
Summary This study of the meanings of possessions displayed in the offices of employees in a high technology firm suggests extensions to the concept of extended self. Work self and home self contend for dominance in these displays. Employees must decide which aspects of the self belong to the domain of work and which belong elsewhere. In these ongoing negotiations self may be extended, but it may also be retracted and hidden. Furthermore, although possessions can serve to stabilize the self, they also facilitate shifting among various self-aspects in response to workplace events. We explicate these processes and discuss implications for extended self theory.
Language eng
Field of Research 150399 Business and Management not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970115 Expanding Knowledge in Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2005, Journal of consumer research
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30042501

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Management and Marketing
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