Narratives of fate and misfortune in organizational life: Stories of success and failure

Ishan Jalan (Lead / Corresponding author), Shuchi Sinha, Eda Ulus

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Abstract

In this paper, we discuss how both success and failure induce anxiety, and how narratives help defend against it. We argue, using a psychoanalytic approach, that these narratives become culturally embedded through sharing and approval, and they become available as resources that are often drawn upon unconsciously when faced with anxiety-provoking experiences. Empirically, we draw upon data about Indian employees in India. The Indian cultural context offers rich insights into the interrelatedness of success and failure, anxiety, and narratives as defences in responses to these experiences.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)410-429
Number of pages20
JournalCulture and Organization
Volume20
Issue number5
Early online date21 Oct 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Keywords

  • anxiety
  • defence mechanisms
  • evil eye
  • India
  • storytelling
  • success and failure
  • unconscious

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