Collective identity construction in international collaborations

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    Abstract

    This paper explores the complex processes of collective identity construction among the participating organizational members in inter-organizational collaborations that cross national boundaries. Drawing from the constructionist approach to collective identity, especially the perspectives of identity work, we describe findings from a qualitative study of three business collaborations. Our analysis suggests that two inseparable elements (states and processes) constitute a cyclic and enduring process of collective identity work through partners’ orchestrating discursive resources involving a common sense of ‘we-ness’. The shifts between various states are driven by partners’ processes of negotiation, integration, solidification and reformation of collective identity. A deconstruction process may also emerge, giving rise to the termination of the collaborative relationship. Cultural issues are discursively used by organizational members to justify the states and processes of collective identity development. We discuss how these findings extend our understanding of ‘collective identity work’ among collaborating partners, and may improve effective management of the relationship dynamics in international collaborative settings.

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    ConferenceAcademy of Management Conference
    CountryCanada
    CityVancouver
    Period7/08/1511/08/15

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    Collective identity
    Identity construction
    Identity work
    Deconstruction
    Qualitative study
    Inter-organizational collaboration
    Resources
    Cultural issues
    Common sense
    Collaborative relationships
    Termination
    Cross-national

    Keywords

    • collective identity
    • identity work
    • international collaboration
    • inter-organizational relationships
    • collaborative advantage

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    Zhang, Y., & Huxham, C. (2015). Collective identity construction in international collaborations. Academy of Management Conference, Vancouver, Canada.
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    Zhang Y, Huxham C. Collective identity construction in international collaborations. 2015. Academy of Management Conference, Vancouver, Canada.