Owing Up or Opting Out: The Role of Emotions and Identities in Issue Ownership

Bureau of Economics & Business Research, Working Paper No. 98-0115

Posted: 3 Mar 1999

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Michael G. Pratt

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Department of Business Administration

Jane E. Dutton

University of Michigan, Stephen M. Ross School of Business

Date Written: August 1998

Abstract

Building from an in-depth study of a library system's responses to two different issues, we propose a theoretical account of the conditions that are conducive to issue ownership. At center stage in this account are the roles of emotions and social identities in determining whether and how an issue is seem as "belonging to" organizational members. We suggest that by better understanding the social-psychological processes that explain patterns of issue ownership, we can better understand issue-related action and inaction in organizations.

JEL Classification: L21, L22

Suggested Citation

Pratt, Michael Gerard and Dutton, Jane, Owing Up or Opting Out: The Role of Emotions and Identities in Issue Ownership (August 1998). Bureau of Economics & Business Research, Working Paper No. 98-0115, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=150607

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