The liminal playground: identity play and the creative potential of liminal experiences

Ibarra, H and Obodaru, O (2020) The liminal playground: identity play and the creative potential of liminal experiences. In: The Oxford Handbook of Identities in Organizations. Oxford University Press, Oxford. ISBN 9780198827115


Liminality is the individual or group experience of being betwixt and between states, roles, and/or identities. For both individuals and organizations, liminal experience is pervasive, often permanent, intrinsically problematic and a crucible for innovation and growth. Yet advances in our understanding of liminality in organizational life have remained fragmented, uninformed by empirical research in adjacent fields of scholarly inquiry or theorizing at different levels of analysis. This chapter aims to bring together disparate research and theorizing on liminality’s contemporary manifestations to conceptualize liminality as a creative process that affects the renewal and adaptability functions that are so vital to personal and organizational thriving.

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Item Type: Book Section
Subject Areas: Organisational Behaviour
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Chapter 29, Section IV (Issues in and processes of identity construction)

Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2019 10:53
Subjects: Social roles
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2022 11:46

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