Häpeä organisaatioilmiönä: satunnainen tunnekokemus vai systemaattinen vallan ja sosiaalisen kontrollin mekanismi?

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Shame in organisations: an occasional emotional experience or a systemic mechanism of power and social control?

The emotion of shame in the context of organ­isations is still scarcely studied, and the current research on the topic is incoherent. This study employs qualitative metasynthesis (Walsh & Downe 2005) as a literature review method to construct more consistent information about the role of shame in publicly funded organisations. The results show that shame in organisation studies can be treated as a random emotional ex­perience or interpersonal issue. However, shame can also be treated as a systemic mechanism of power and control coercing compliance with organisational, institutional and political standards and norms. The study makes use of three levels of analysis to understand how employees’ shame is constructed and utilised: micro, meso and macro. It also suggests separating the emotion of humiliation from shame when studying the use of power in organisations.
Original languageFinnish
Pages (from-to)455-473
Number of pages19
JournalHallinnon tutkimus
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 28 Sept 2023
MoEC publication typeA2 Review article in a scientific journal

Field of science

  • Administrative science

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