New Publication: Stories of Adoration and Agony – The Entanglement of Struggles for Recognition, Emotions and Institutional Work (together with Gabriele Fassauer)

We (Gabriele Fassauer and Ronald Hartz) have just published an article in Schmalenbach Business Review, which is now available as ‚Online First‘:


In research on organizations, the institutional work perspective plays
a pivotal role in elaborating on the various instances of agency that aim to create,
maintain, and disrupt institutional orders. However, the particular effects of emotions
on processes of institutional work have been rarely addressed so far. In this paper,
we focus on the emotions as an ambivalent driver of institutional work. We do
this by introducing Axel Honneth’s socio-philosophical approach on “struggles for
recognition”. In particular, we analyze how emotions trigger institutional work in
terms of a person’s entry as well as non-entry into struggles for recognition. For this,
we suggest an analytical framework which focuses on seductive as well as agonizing
aspects of relations of mutual recognition. We give evidence to our approach by an
exploration of autobiographical accounts of former employees of investment banks,
published in the context of the global financial crisis.


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