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Conflict and Complementarity between Religious and Occupational Identities in the Workplace

Heliot, YingFei, Gleibs, IH, Coyle, A, Rousseau, D and Rojon, C (2017) Conflict and Complementarity between Religious and Occupational Identities in the Workplace Academy of Management Proceedings 2017, 11028 (1).

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Despite its recognition as an organizational diversity issue impacting personal well-being, little research to date addresses religious identity in the workplace. We conduct a systematic review of relevant literature and develop a conceptual framework to address a critical question: How do religious and occupational identities relate to each other in the workplace and with what antecedents and consequences?’ We specify key definitions and explicate the importance of the connection between religious and organizational identity to contemporary debates regarding workplace diversity. The systematic review uses a search strategy informed by an advisory panel of experts. Through a well-specified search process we conduct comprehensively screen the literature and ultimately identify 32 relevant peer-reviewed articles that form the basis of our synthesis and analysis. Findings point to three forms of religious and occupational identity relationships: compatible, incompatible and non-overlapping. Each has distinct implications for identity tension and employee well-being. Evidence suggests the benefits of expressing religious identity at work and helping employees negotiate their religious and occupational identities. Finally, we develop a theoretical framework that specifies the antecedents of the activation of religious and occupational identity in the workplace, the nature of the identity negotiation that activation triggers and its outcomes for individuals and the organization.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : Surrey Business School
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Surrey Business School
Authors :
Gleibs, IH
Coyle, A
Rousseau, D
Rojon, C
Date : 2017
DOI : 10.5465/AMBPP.2017.120
Copyright Disclaimer : Copyright 2017 Academy of Management
Contributors :
Academy of Management,
Uncontrolled Keywords : Religion, faith and spirituality; Work-life balance; Interfaith
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Additional Information : Paper presented at the 2017 Academy of Management Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, August 4-8 2017 and subsequently accepted for publication in the AOM Best Paper Proceedings.
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 17 Mar 2017 12:14
Last Modified : 16 Jan 2019 17:13

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