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Journal articles (2008), Organization Science, 19 (6), pp. 807-823

How Relational and Organizational Identification Converge: Processes and Conditions

SLUSS David , Ashforth Blake E.

Separate research literatures focus on the individual's identification with relationships, groups, organizations, and other workplace targets. We propose that identification with one referent may converge with or extend to another, thus suggesting the potential for more parsimonious perspectives on identification. We illustrate this argument by examining how the subordinate's identification with the subordinate-manager role relationship (“relational identification”) (RI) may converge with the subordinate's organizational identification (OI). We propose that convergence occurs through cognitive, affective, and behavioral mechanisms, including social influence, anthropomorphization, personalization, affect transfer, and behavioral sensemaking. We also propose that convergence is conditioned by task interdependence (inherent in the role relationship) and prototypicality (of the relational other). We discuss the implications of our convergence model for future research on multiple identifications. Link to the article

SLUSS, D. and ASHFORTH, B.E. (2008). How Relational and Organizational Identification Converge: Processes and Conditions. Organization Science, 19(6), pp. 807-823.