After the Pain: Reflexive Practice, Emotion Work and Learning

Organization Studies, 017084062110110. doi:10.1177/01708406211011014

The University of Auckland Business School Research Paper Series

Posted: 5 Jan 2022

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Paul Hibbert

University of St Andrews

Nic Beech

Middlesex University

Lisa J Callagher

University of Auckland Business School

Frank Siedlok

University of Auckland Business School

Date Written: 2021

Abstract

We consider how reflexive practices can enable learning from negative emotional experiences. We study these experiences in academic organizations through a relationally reflexive autoethnographic method. Our findings contribute to theory in three ways. First, we show how learning involves practices with different modalities of emotion work and reflexive orientations that internalize or externalize the effects of this work. Second, the subsequent characterization of emotionally responsive reflexive practices shows how isolation and a sense of inadequacy can be avoided and, third, leads to a process model that shows how learning is potentiated in a supportive social context that accommodates emotional vulnerability. Full paper available at https://doi.org/10.1177/01708406211011014

Keywords: emotion, learning, reflexive practice, reflexivity

Suggested Citation

Hibbert, Paul and Beech, Nic and Callagher, Lisa J and Siedlok, Frank, After the Pain: Reflexive Practice, Emotion Work and Learning (2021). Organization Studies, 017084062110110. doi:10.1177/01708406211011014, The University of Auckland Business School Research Paper Series, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3994986

Paul Hibbert (Contact Author)

University of St Andrews

School of Management
The Gateway
St Andrews, Fife KY169RJ
United Kingdom

Nic Beech

Middlesex University

The Burroughs
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United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://https://www.linkedin.com/in/nic-beech-6ba20313/?originalSubdomain=uk

Lisa J Callagher

University of Auckland Business School ( email )

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New Zealand

Frank Siedlok

University of Auckland Business School ( email )

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Auckland, 1010
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