'It’s my passion and how I am now': Shaping employee social identity through a self-organised Facebook page

Nicola Cohen, James Richards

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    Abstract

    The study makes a further contribution to attempts to explore and theorise how and why there is an increasing trend of employees taking to social networking sites in order to cope with organisational injustices. A range of technologies were used to interview USA retail employee users of a self-organised Facebook page, including interviews conducted via telephone, messenger, email and Skype. The findings point towards employees being driven to such forums because of the negative effects of organisational injustices on their employee social identity. The findings also suggest Facebook forums can shape social identity and in turn cope better with organisational injustices. Employee identification with Facebook self-organised groups has wider implications, however, in that both employers and organised labour need to recognise that employee social identities increasingly reflect such widespread, every-day activities.
    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages32
    Publication statusPublished - 14 Apr 2015
    Event33rd Annual International Labour Process Conference - University of Athens/Stirling, Athens, Greece
    Duration: 13 Apr 201515 Apr 2015

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    Conference33rd Annual International Labour Process Conference
    Abbreviated titleILPC 2015
    CountryGreece
    CityAthens
    Period13/04/1515/04/15

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    Cohen, N., & Richards, J. (2015). 'It’s my passion and how I am now': Shaping employee social identity through a self-organised Facebook page. Paper presented at 33rd Annual International Labour Process Conference, Athens, Greece.