Dialectic , Contradiction , or Double Bind ? Analyzing and Theorizing Employee Reactions to Organizational Tension

  title={Dialectic , Contradiction , or Double Bind ? Analyzing and Theorizing Employee Reactions to Organizational Tension},
  author={Sarah J. Tracy},
Drawing from qualitative data gathered at two correctional facilities, this paper empirically illustrates employee reactions to organizational contradictions in a total institution and advances a theoretical model positing that organizational tensions may be framed as complementary dialectics, simple contradictions, or pragmatic paradoxes— each accompanied by attendant organizational and personal ramifications. The analysis suggests that organizations can create structures in which employees… CONTINUE READING

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