A temporal perspective on emotions

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Emotions permeate work life. For over 40 years now the central role of emotions in organizations has been acknowledged by practitioners and scientists alike. Despite the dynamic nature of the concept, and although valuable work has been done to increase our understanding of the mechanisms and consequences of feelings at work, organizational emotion research is still not very dynamic. This chapter seeks to link the organizational literature with fundamental emotion research, and guide scholarly efforts that aim to better acknowledge the temporal characteristics of emotions in organizations. We will summarize and critically reflect on the amount of “temporalness” of the current organizational emotion literature, and describe a framework for emotion dynamics from fundamental emotion research that may easily be applied to organizational phenomena. Furthering our temporal understanding of emotions at work promotes conceptual clarity and construct validity, and may aid interventions in practice.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook on the Temporal Dynamics of Organizational Behavior
EditorsYannick Griep, Samantha D. Hansen
Place of PublicationCheltenham
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781788974387
ISBN (Print)9781788974370
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2020

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SeriesResearch Handbooks in Business and Management series

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