(Engaging or Avoiding) Change Through Reflexive Practices

Journal of Management Inquiry, 28 (2), 187-203. DOI: 0.1177/1056492617718089.

The University of Auckland Business School Research Paper Series

Posted: 6 May 2022

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Paul Hibbert

University of St Andrews

Lisa J Callagher

University of Auckland Business School

Frank Siedlok

University of Auckland Business School

Charlotta Windahl

University of Auckland Business School

Hee Sun Kim

University of Auckland Business School

Date Written: 2019

Abstract

In this article, we explore the ways in which individuals deploy reflexive practices in order to avoid or engage with a call to change either oneself or the social context. We begin by developing a categorization of the modes of reflexive practice associated with avoidance or engagement. We go on to develop—through a relationally reflexive research process—three contributions that build on this. First, we build an understanding of what a repertoire of reflexive practices may include, and
“what is going on” in such reflexive practices. Second, we explain how reflexive practices can be mobilizing, thereby enabling shifts between avoidance and engagement modes, or fix action within a single mode. Third, we develop an understanding of the ways in which emotions and relationships influence how reflexive practices of either kind are deployed. Full paper available at https://doi.org/10.1177/1056492617718089

Keywords: qualitative research, organization theory, work-life conflict/management, affect/emotions

Suggested Citation

Hibbert, Paul and Callagher, Lisa J and Siedlok, Frank and Windahl, Charlotta and Kim, Hee Sun, (Engaging or Avoiding) Change Through Reflexive Practices (2019). Journal of Management Inquiry, 28 (2), 187-203. DOI: 0.1177/1056492617718089., The University of Auckland Business School Research Paper Series, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4101644

Paul Hibbert

University of St Andrews

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

Lisa J Callagher (Contact Author)

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 )

12 Grafton Rd
Private Bag 92019
Auckland, 1010
New Zealand

Charlotta Windahl

University of Auckland Business School ( email )

12 Grafton Rd
Private Bag 92019
Auckland, 1010
New Zealand

Hee Sun Kim

University of Auckland Business School

12 Grafton Rd
Private Bag 92019
Auckland, 1010
New Zealand

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