Organizational Learning, Knowledge and Capabilities Conference
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Identity work deals with the ongoing struggle to construct and maintain a certain identity in relation to the work environment. This research focuses on an atypical work identity dilemma. The question is how university students cope with ambiguity whether they are members or customers of the university, hence what identity reference frames they apply. Our findings suggest that students in face of their identity quests rather lean towards institutional prescriptions than anchor their identification within organizational schemes. The study evolves around the dominant narrations students author themselves about their being and becoming a university student. We show that these narratives, which are both literally narrations as well as visual internet artifacts, are inherently torn between different requirements, one of learning as a curiosity driven self-realization, and one of an adaptive orientation towards market logics of employability and competition. Students carry these conflicts and express the incommensurability of the juxtaposing demands in their identity claims and future career projections.
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