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Exploring Sri Lankan Immigrants’ Identity Work Strategies: Towards A Research Agenda

Conference Paper


Abstract


  • This developmental paper aims to open a scholarly dialogue on the identity work strategies employed by Sri Lankan immigrants in Australian workplaces. Following Ashforth et al. (2008), we suggest sensebreaking and sensemaking as two temporal states in immigrants’ identity construction processes. Our thesis suggests that identity work is the link between these two states manifested through identity work strategies. The paper identifies diverse identity work strategies from the identity literature and suggests which strategies are likely to be used by Sri Lankan immigrants in shaping their identities in Australian workplaces.

Publication Date


  • 2019

Citation


  • Gunasekera, G., Fernando, M. & Reveley, J. (2019). Exploring Sri Lankan Immigrants’ Identity Work Strategies: Towards A Research Agenda. British Academy of Management Conference (BAM) (pp. 1-11). London, United Kingdom: British Academy of Management.

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  • 1

End Page


  • 11

Place Of Publication


  • London, United Kingdom

Abstract


  • This developmental paper aims to open a scholarly dialogue on the identity work strategies employed by Sri Lankan immigrants in Australian workplaces. Following Ashforth et al. (2008), we suggest sensebreaking and sensemaking as two temporal states in immigrants’ identity construction processes. Our thesis suggests that identity work is the link between these two states manifested through identity work strategies. The paper identifies diverse identity work strategies from the identity literature and suggests which strategies are likely to be used by Sri Lankan immigrants in shaping their identities in Australian workplaces.

Publication Date


  • 2019

Citation


  • Gunasekera, G., Fernando, M. & Reveley, J. (2019). Exploring Sri Lankan Immigrants’ Identity Work Strategies: Towards A Research Agenda. British Academy of Management Conference (BAM) (pp. 1-11). London, United Kingdom: British Academy of Management.

Start Page


  • 1

End Page


  • 11

Place Of Publication


  • London, United Kingdom