Identity as Narrative: A Process Model of Narrative Identity Work in Macro Work Role Transition
Academy of Management Review, January 2010
Herminia Ibarra and Roxana Barbulescu
Self-narratives, stories that make a point about the narrator, help people revise and reconstruct identities during work role transitions. We propose a process model in which people draw on narrative repertoires to engage in narrative identity work in role-related interactions. Using feedback from their interactions, they revise both the stories and repertoires. Successful completion of the transition is facilitated by enduring and coherent repertoire changes to express the new role identity.

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