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The Discursive Dimension of Employee Engagement and Disengagement

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


Alina Petra Marinescu

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.

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1 Acknowledgements


1 Acknowledgements

First and foremost, I want to thank my coordinator, Professor Dr. Cosima Rughiniș, who guided my steps ever since I decided to leave the corporate world behind and enroll in the Master of Advanced Research in Sociology (MoRiS), five years ago. At that point, all I knew was that I wanted to follow an academic carrier and above all to get to teach as I felt that was my mission (and the later interactions with my students proved me right). Moreover, the professional experiences I had until that point made me feel fascinated by the way people interact and how they get to understand each other despite being so different and that was why I decided to embrace Sociology.

Having graduated Journalism, the Department of Sociology and Social Work represented both an academic and a professional challenge for me. I had to sink into a new study domain and do my best to become as good as possible in the shortest while.

I owe Cosima the depth in my sociological understanding and not only. I thank her for our numerous thought provoking meetings, thousands of e-mails, round-the-clock feed-back for all my academic work and all the beautiful projects she involved me in. In fact, I believe that Cosima is “responsible” for my mature academic achievements and also for my academic becoming. Most important, I consider that apart from getting to work with one of the best and most dedicated Professors that can...

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