Narratives of fate and misfortune in organizational life:stories of success and failure

Jalan, Ishan and Sinha, Shuchi and Ulus, Eda (2014) Narratives of fate and misfortune in organizational life:stories of success and failure. Culture and Organization, 20 (5). pp. 410-429. ISSN 1475-9551

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Abstract

In this paper, we discuss how both success and failure induce anxiety, and how narratives help defend against it. We argue, using a psychoanalytic approach, that these narratives become culturally embedded through sharing and approval, and they become available as resources that are often drawn upon unconsciously when faced with anxiety-provoking experiences. Empirically, we draw upon data about Indian employees in India. The Indian cultural context offers rich insights into the interrelatedness of success and failure, anxiety, and narratives as defences in responses to these experiences.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: Culture and Organization
Uncontrolled Keywords: /dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/1400/1407
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Departments: Lancaster University Management School > Management Learning & Leadership
ID Code: 71875
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 26 Nov 2014 16:32
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 01 Jan 2020 08:59
URI: https://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/71875

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