Role theory in the business world

This article refers to a specific formulation of role theory which tries to understand and predict the behavior of individuals within an organization. The post mentions role conflict and role ambiguity, points raised in SRV workshops. It also refers to ‘role sender’ as someone who holds the defining expectations about what a role entails. So, a boss or supervisor is a role sender, defining the role of employee in that particular organization. This idea overlaps with role expectations, and role imposition (pp. 28-29 in the SRV monograph by Wolfensberger).

Might be worth studying this formulation of role theory, to see for example what it could teach us about the role of employee but also roles more generally. Any takers? Let us know what you find.

Posted on July 5, 2010 at 1:46 pm by MTumeinski · Permalink
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  1. Written by Laura Tiffany
    on July 6, 2010 at 10:17 am
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    Hi Mark,

    The link in this post just links to a pay pal website. I really want to read the article though, so could you fix the link please?

    Take care,
    Laura Tiffany

    • Written by MTumeinski
      on July 6, 2010 at 11:15 am
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      Dear Laura,

      I’m not sure what happened but I have fixed the link.

      thanks,
      Marc

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