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The Discursive Dimension of Employee Engagement and Disengagement

Accounts of keeping and leaving jobs in present-day Bucharest organizations

by Alina Petra Marinescu (Author)
Monographs 117 Pages

Summary

The book analyses organizational disengagement and its consequences at an organizational and at an individual level. The author argues for the existence of an additional dimension of employee disengagement, namely discursive disengagement. It is a distinctive dimension with respect to its dependence on a specific work of the employee. The author engages with discourse analysis to classify employee disengagement trajectories, vocabularies of motive and rhetorical resources. She analyses how people frame their decisions of staying or leaving organizations by defining their employment situation and how they justify their choices through their professional experiences.

Table Of Content

  • Cover
  • Title
  • Copyright
  • About the author
  • About the book
  • This eBook can be cited
  • Table of Contents
  • 1 Acknowledgements
  • 2 Introduction
  • 3 Theoretical grounding
  • 3.1 Employee engagement and disengagement
  • 3.2 A discursive approach to employee engagement and disengagement
  • 3.3 Accounts and Decisions
  • 3.4 Accounts
  • 3.4.1 Accounts: different perspectives
  • 3.4.2 Constructing an account in conversation
  • 3.4.3 The relationship between self and account
  • 3.4.4 Who is telling the account? Kahnemann’s “tyranny of the remembering self”
  • 3.5 Decisions
  • 3.5.1 Motives and vocabularies of motive. Different perspectives
  • 3.5.1.1 Vocabularies of motive – the concept
  • 3.5.1.2 Vocabularies of motive – main affordances in conversation
  • 3.5.1.3 Vocabularies of motive as discourse achievements in different sociological studies
  • 3.5.1.4 Vocabularies of motive for divorce as a type of disengagement
  • 3.5.1.5 The plurality of vocabularies of motive
  • 3.5.2 Definitions and re-definitions of situations
  • 3.5.2.1 W. I. Thomas and the definition of the situation
  • 3.5.2.2 R. K. Merton and the self-fulfilling prophecy
  • 4 Methodology
  • 4.1 Overview
  • 4.2 Interview analysis
  • 4.2.1 Vocabularies of motive that justify respondents’ actions of keeping and leaving jobs
  • 4.2.2 Rhetorical features that strengthen respondents’ justificatory discourse
  • 4.2.2.1 Humor and irony
  • 4.2.2.2 Contrast structures and categorization
  • 5 Interview accounts of keeping and leaving jobs
  • 5.1 Emotional sequence
  • 5.1.1 Emotional sequence of leaving – from enthusiasm to disappointment
  • 5.1.2 Emotional sequence of staying – from enthusiasm to perseverance
  • 5.2 Types of characters in the employees’ accounts
  • 5.3 Vocabularies of motive for staying and leaving
  • 5.3.1 Types of vocabularies of motive for engagement and staying
  • 5.3.1.1 Vocabularies of interactions
  • 5.3.1.2 Vocabularies of challenges and learning new stuff
  • 5.3.1.3 Vocabularies of staying: “out of ego”
  • 5.3.1.4 Vocabularies for emotional attachment: one job, one love
  • 5.3.2 Types of vocabularies of motive for disengagement and leaving
  • 5.3.2.1 Vocabularies of interactions
  • 5.3.2.2 Vocabularies of physical burnout
  • 5.3.2.3 Vocabularies of having a dysfunctional relationship with the job
  • 5.3.3 Money – a bridging vocabulary of motive
  • 5.4 Rhetorical features in the analyzed accounts – self-repair work, irony and contrast structures
  • 5.4.1 Irony and humor
  • 1) The persuasive effect
  • 2) Group affiliation
  • 3) Evaluation
  • 4) Decommitment/ retractability
  • 5.4.2 Contrast structures
  • 1) Paradoxes of pretending
  • 2) Standard pattern rule anomalies
  • 3) Normatively generated anomalies
  • 5.4.3 Self-repair work as discourse achievement
  • 6 Conclusions
  • 7 References
  • Studies in Politics, Security and Society

Alina Petra Marinescu

The Discursive Dimension of Employee Engagement and Disengagement

Accounts of keeping and leaving jobs in present-day Bucharest organizations

About the author

Alina Petra Marinescu studied Sociology at the University of Bucharest, Romania. Her research interests include organizational burnout and its consequences.

About the book

The book analyses organizational disengagement and its consequences at an organizational and at an individual level. The author argues for the existence of an additional dimension of employee disengagement, namely discursive disengagement. It is a distinctive dimension with respect to its dependence on a specific work of the employee. The author engages with discourse analysis to classify employee disengagement trajectories, vocabularies of motive and rhetorical resources. She analyses how people frame their decisions of staying or leaving organizations by defining their employment situation and how they justify their choices through their professional experiences.

This eBook can be cited

This edition of the eBook can be cited. To enable this we have marked the start and end of a page. In cases where a word straddles a page break, the marker is placed inside the word at exactly the same position as in the physical book. This means that occasionally a word might be bifurcated by this marker.

Details

Pages
117
ISBN (PDF)
9783631716786
ISBN (ePUB)
9783631716793
ISBN (MOBI)
9783631716809
ISBN (Hardcover)
9783631716779
Language
English
Publication date
2017 (January)
Tags
Discourse analysis Employee engagement/ disengagement Organizations Burnout Decisional processes
Published
Frankfurt am Main, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Warszawa, Wien, 2017. 117 pp., 6 b/w graphs, 2 b/w tables

Biographical notes

Alina Petra Marinescu (Author)

Alina Petra Marinescu studied Sociology at the University of Bucharest, Romania. Her research interests include organizational burnout and its consequences.

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