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Terry A. Beehr & Sharon Glazer

In: Handbook of Work Stress

Chapter 2: Organizational Role Stress

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Organizational Role Stress
Organizational role stress
Terry A.BeehrSharonGlazer

All the world's a stage,

And all the men and women merely players.

They have their exits and their entrances;

And one man in his time plays many parts,

His acts being seven ages.

WilliamShakespeare (1564–1616) As You Like It, act 2 scene 7

The study of role stress perhaps really began before or during the time of Shakespeare when Shakespeare's Jacques so poignantly noted, prior to Orlando's entrance onto the stage with Adam, that we are all mere actors playing multiple roles on the stages of life. On our various stages, we take upon ourselves different roles to play, and it is the expectations of others around us (e.g., supervisors and coworkers) rather than those of a playwright and audience that guide our behaviors ...

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