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School of Business | Department of Management Studies | Organization and Management | 2013
Thesis number: 14491
Identity work and consumption in consultancy firms
Author: Blakaj, Hedon
Title: Identity work and consumption in consultancy firms
Year: 2013  Language: eng
Department: Department of Management Studies
Academic subject: Organization and Management
Index terms: johtaminen; management; toimialat; business branches; konsultointi; consulting; työ; work; identiteetti; identity; työntekijät; workers; organisaatio; organization; kulutus; consumption; kuluttajakäyttäytyminen; consumer behaviour
Pages: 40
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Key terms: Consumption, Identity work, Organizational Identity, Homology
Abstract:
This thesis takes the role of consumption as a lens to study how employees of a consultancy firm engage in identity work. It argues that the existing literature explaining the relationship between organizational identity and identity work is limited. This study suggests that consumption as a construct enables an explanation of the aforementioned relationship. Particularly findings from this study suggest that consumption: (i) fosters homology between consultants and clients (ii), consultants use consumption as a resource to construct a sense of identity as well as to do work, (iii) suggest that consultants' consumption practices are influenced by the organizational identity, and, (iv) organizational identity is refined through employee consumption practices. This thesis concludes by discussing the importance of consumption to organizational identity and identity work, as well as areas for future research.
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