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Holidays are coming: inclusion and exclusion in organisational rituals

Holidays are coming: inclusion and exclusion in organisational rituals
Holidays are coming: inclusion and exclusion in organisational rituals
Using interviews with 30 independent consultants and freelance knowledge workers, this paper investigates invite to and attendance at the Christmas party of clients which emerged as a mystery. Following an abductive approach that examines empirical material and existing theory in tandem, analysis shows that whilst organisational rituals include based on social lines of acceptance, this exclusion can also be based on a perceived legal basis of who is in or out of the organisation regardless of the social aspect. This legal aspect is not always codified but based on a perception of the legislation that leads to an unanticipated consequence; non-attendance at a seemingly harmless social event. Excluding can also be seen as an instrument of control and a way of reasserting client power over highly paid consultants who constantly cross organisational borders and who blur the lines between insider and outsider …
Christmas, consutlants, rituals, self-employment
Cross, David
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Cross, David
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Cross, David (2017) Holidays are coming: inclusion and exclusion in organisational rituals. In Academy of Management Proceedings. vol. 1

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Abstract

Using interviews with 30 independent consultants and freelance knowledge workers, this paper investigates invite to and attendance at the Christmas party of clients which emerged as a mystery. Following an abductive approach that examines empirical material and existing theory in tandem, analysis shows that whilst organisational rituals include based on social lines of acceptance, this exclusion can also be based on a perceived legal basis of who is in or out of the organisation regardless of the social aspect. This legal aspect is not always codified but based on a perception of the legislation that leads to an unanticipated consequence; non-attendance at a seemingly harmless social event. Excluding can also be seen as an instrument of control and a way of reasserting client power over highly paid consultants who constantly cross organisational borders and who blur the lines between insider and outsider …

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Published date: 9 July 2017
Keywords: Christmas, consutlants, rituals, self-employment

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Local EPrints ID: 426629
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/426629
PURE UUID: 1c7b3ea8-1195-4432-aa85-081205f133b9
ORCID for David Cross: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-7984-3718

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Date deposited: 06 Dec 2018 17:30
Last modified: 08 Aug 2020 01:50

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Author: David Cross ORCID iD

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