The second volume in The SAGE Handbook of Industrial, Organizational and Work Psychology looks in detail at how teams and individuals function and perform. It covers motivation and organizational socialisation as well as the latest research into diversity and organizational culture in the workplace. Chapter topics include goal setting, employee development, team design and trust at work. Volume II is a key resource for anyone working in or studying organizational psychology.

Chapter 2: Employee Self-Concept and Identity

Employee Self-Concept and Identity

Employee Self-Concept and Identity
Russell E. Johnson Chu-Hsiang (Daisy) Chang You Jin Kim Szu-Han (Joanna) Lin

Introduction

The self-concept has emerged as a key construct for understanding employee affect, cognition, and behavior (Johnson & Saboe, 2011; Lord & Brown, 2004; Schaubroeck, Kim, & Peng, 2012). Broadly speaking, the self-concept refers to all knowledge that a person holds about her or his self. It is the ‘totality of an individual's thoughts and feelings having reference to himself as an object’ (Rosenberg, 1979, p. 7) that organizes and gives meaning to memory and behavior (Kihlstrom & Klein, 1994). Self-referenced knowledge is important to consider because such knowledge is ...

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