Early Career Researchers’ Identity Threats in the Field: The Shelter and Shadow of Collective Support

Management Learning, 52(4), 442-465. doi:10.1177/1350507621997738

The University of Auckland Business School Research Paper Series

Posted: 27 Dec 2021

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Lisa J Callagher

University of Auckland Business School

Ziad El Sahn

Northumbria University

Paul Hibbert

University of St Andrews

Stefan Korber

University of Auckland Business School

Frank Siedlok

University of Auckland Business School

Date Written: 2021

Abstract

Based on an autoethnographic study of early career researchers’ field research experiences, we show how individuals deal with moments of discrimination that present identity threats. This is accomplished through participating in the construction of a shared holding environment to provide emotional shelter and resources for resultant identity work. We show how they collectively develop anticipatory responses to future identity threats and inadvertently how this allows the effects of discrimination to be both unchallenged and amplified. We draw implications for identity work theory, adding to current understandings of identity threats, tensions, and challenges and the dynamics through which these are addressed, avoided, or worked around, as well as the shadow side of such activities. We also offer practical implications about the business schools’ role in nurturing early career researchers’ identity work. Full paper available at https://doi-org.ezproxy.auckland.ac.nz/10.1177/1350507621997738

Keywords: Business schools, field research, identity, identity threats, identity work

Suggested Citation

Callagher, Lisa J and El Sahn, Ziad and Hibbert, Paul and Korber, Stefan and Siedlok, Frank, Early Career Researchers’ Identity Threats in the Field: The Shelter and Shadow of Collective Support (2021). Management Learning, 52(4), 442-465. doi:10.1177/1350507621997738, The University of Auckland Business School Research Paper Series, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3993488

Lisa J Callagher (Contact Author)

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Ziad El Sahn

Northumbria University ( email )

Newcastle Upon Tyne
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Paul Hibbert

University of St Andrews

School of Management
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Stefan Korber

University of Auckland Business School ( email )

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Private Bag 92019
Auckland, 1010
New Zealand

Frank Siedlok

University of Auckland Business School ( email )

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Private Bag 92019
Auckland, 1010
New Zealand

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