Enhancing liminality through formal training: creating alterities through rites of passage
2014 (English)Conference paper, Presentation (Other academic)
Liminality is gaining a greater importance in contemporary organizations. Workers’ organizational membership is often ambiguous and their assignments are often temporary and boundary-crossing. The aim of this study is to investigate how an introductory development program (IDP) for newlyhired consultants addresses the liminal positions of mobile project workers, and whether IDP can aid the participants in dealing with positions of liminality at work. The findings suggest that, unlike “traditional” organizational introduction programs, the studied IDP does not emphasize socialization of the participants into such that they identify with the company; instead, their alterity is emphasized – thereby enhancing the workers’ liminal position. Moreover, the study shows how distancing techniques used to reflect on liminality at work can broaden the liminars’ scope of action.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Liminality, development program, rite of passage, consultants, project work, alterity
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-105479OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-105479DiVA: diva2:707619
IRNOP XI. The Project Research Conference, June 16-18, Oslo, Norway