Chapter from Desilva, A. and M. Aparicio (Eds.), International Handbook of Professional Identities. Rosemead, CA: Scientific & Academic Publishing.
Our chapter examines identity work within and beyond the professions. To lend structure to this emerging perspective, we being by forwarding a general theoretical model of identity work. We then reexamine and extend this model by examining identity work amongst professionals. To do so, we first depend connections with literature on the professions to highlight salient and unique dynamics facing this occupational group. We then assess these dynamics in light of our model. Specifically, we show how an examination of professionals can advance theories of identity work by highlighting new motives and triggers, and recasting identity work as a relational process.
WMU ScholarWorks Citation
Lepisto, Douglas A.; Crosina, Eliana; and Pratt, Michael G., "Identity Work within and beyond the Professions: Toward a Theoretical Integration and Extension" (2015). Management Faculty Publications. 1.