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Journal articles (2007), Academy of Management Review, 32 (1), pp. 9-32

Relational Identity and Identification: Defining Ourselves Through Work Relationships

SLUSS David , ASHFORTH Blake

We explore the meaning and significance of relational identity and relational identification, predicated on the role-relationship between two individuals. We argue that relational identity integrates person- and role-based identities and thereby the individual, interpersonal, and collective levels of self; contrast relational identity and relational identification with social identity and social identification; contend that relational identity and relational identification are each arranged in a cognitive hierarchy ranging from generalized to particularized schemas; and contrast relational identification with relational disidentification and ambivalent relational identification. Link to the article

SLUSS, D. and ASHFORTH, B. (2007). Relational Identity and Identification: Defining Ourselves Through Work Relationships. Academy of Management Review, 32(1), pp. 9-32.