Understanding Workplace Envy Through Narrative Fiction

Patient, David, Lawrence, Thomas B. and Maitlis, Sally (2003) Understanding Workplace Envy Through Narrative Fiction. Organization Studies, 24 (7). pp. 1015-1044.

Abstract

In this article, we explore the social construction of workplace envy through an analysis of its portrayal in a fictional narrative. Based on our examination of three excerpts from Richard Russo's novel Straight Man, we argue that envy is socially constructed in prominent and revealing episodes within broader organizational narratives. We further show that envy both serves as a catalytic emotion that engenders action and sensemaking, and at the same time, acts as a mechanism that reproduces the moral and cultural order within which it occurs.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: emotion, envy, fiction, narrative, social construction
Subject(s): Strategy; Entrepreneurship & Global business
Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2015 10:53
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2016 16:29
Funders: N/A
URI: http://eureka.sbs.ox.ac.uk/id/eprint/5584

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