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All in a Day's Work: Boundaries and Micro Role Transitions

Blake E. Ashforth, Glen E. Kreiner and Mel Fugate
The Academy of Management Review
Vol. 25, No. 3 (Jul., 2000), pp. 472-491
Published by: Academy of Management
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/259305
Page Count: 20
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Abstract

We focus on everyday role transitions involving home, work, and other places. Transitions are boundary-crossing activities, where one exits and enters roles by surmounting role boundaries. Roles can be arrayed on a continuum, spanning high segmentation to high integration. Segmentation decreases role blurring but increases the magnitude of change, rendering boundary crossing more difficult; crossing often is facilitated by rites of passage. Integration decreases the magnitude of change but increases blurring, rendering boundary creation and maintenance more difficult; this challenge often is surmounted by boundary work.

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