Gazi Islam, Grenoble Ecole de Management | Weatherhead School at Case Western Reserve University

Gazi Islam, Grenoble Ecole de Management

Enchantment and Ambivalence at Work: An Overview and Research Agenda around Workplace Tensions

Talk Abstract:  Workplaces are sites of contradictions and tensions, from those characterizing job tasks and work identities, to those characterizing how employees expectations and workplace realities. These tensions are often obscured by organizational attempts to provide holistic accounts of organizational and workers norms and values, to motivate workers by giving coherent and positive visions of the organization, or to integrate personal and professional lives to promote workplace well-being. How such tensions emerge and how they are handled by workers and organizations is an ongoing field of interest, with implications for both the subjective experience of work and for the social and symbolic organization of work. My talk will present recent work that is illustrative of an ongoing research agenda around workplace tensions and their psychological, social and ideological implications. The goal of the presentation is to give a sense of the ongoing theoretical and empirical questions driving this agenda, and to work towards a better understanding of their sources, forms and consequences.

Bio:  Gazi Islam is Professor of People, Organizations and Society at Grenoble Ecole de Management, and member of the research laboratory IREGE (Research Institute for Management and Economics) at the University of Savoie Mont-Blanc in France. He is currently co-Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Business Ethics. His current research interests revolve around the contemporary meanings of work, and the relations between identity, group dynamics and the production of group and organizational cultures. 

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Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2022 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Speaker(s): Gazi Islam, PhD
Sponsored by: ORBH Distinguished Speaker Series
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