After the Pain: Reflexive Practice, Emotion Work and Learning

Paul Hibbert*, Nic Beech, Lisa Callagher, Frank Siedlok

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We consider how reflexive practices can enable learning from negative emotional experiences. We study these experiences in academic organizations through a relationally reflexive autoethnographic method. Our findings contribute to theory in three ways. First, we show how learning involves practices with different modalities of emotion work and reflexive orientations that internalize or externalize the effects of this work. Second, the subsequent characterization of emotionally responsive reflexive practices shows how isolation and a sense of inadequacy can be avoided and, third, leads to a process model that shows how learning is potentiated in a supportive social context that accommodates emotional vulnerability.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)797-817
Number of pages21
JournalOrganization Studies
Issue number5
Early online date6 Apr 2021
Publication statusPublished - May 2022


  • emotion
  • learning
  • reflexive practice
  • reflexivity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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