Bess Rouse | Weatherhead School at Case Western Reserve University

Bess Rouse

Mine, Yours, Ours: The Role of Psychological Ownership in Integration Work

ORBH Distinguished Speaker Series

Title: Mine, Yours, Ours: The Role of Psychological Ownership in Integration Work
Description: Creating new products often requires people with different skills to contribute ideas and work together to form coherent, collective products. Existing research on collaboration focuses on the importance of developing shared understandings to foster knowledge transfer and work across occupational boundaries. Research also highlights the integration work necessary to effectively join disparate ideas into coherent wholes. We have little understanding, though, of how, when, and why people might choose to withhold or contribute ideas during a process in which ideas are often changed or discarded. Through an inductive, qualitative study of people working together to develop a console-based video game, this paper develops theory of how people can work with psychological ownership to balance needs for assimilation and distinctiveness in integration work, so that individual contributors continue to contribute ideas and the resulting product is both unique and coherent. In doing so, this paper offers a microfoundational understanding of one core mechanism that shapes collaboration effectiveness.

Elizabeth (Bess) Rouse, Associate Professor & Hillenbrand Family Faculty Fellow, Department of Management and Organization, Boston College
September 24, 2021, 10-11:30 am

Rouse’s research focuses on collaboration at work, creative processes, and how creative workers psychologically attach to and detach from the products they make. Methodologically, much of her current research is inductive, qualitative, and process-focused in nature. Her articles have been published in various outlets including Academy of Management Journal and Academy of Management Review. Additional Background available at



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Friday, Sep. 24, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
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Speaker(s): Bess Rouse, Assoc. Prof. Boston College
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