Being Your True Self at Work: Integrating the Fragmented Research on Authenticity in Organizations

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Presented by Dr Patricia Hewlin

Lectures, talks and seminars

26th Jul 2019 11:00am to 26th Jul 2019 12:00pm

Boardroom, Level 12, Rutherford House, 23 Lambton Quay, Pipitea campus.

In tandem with a surge of public interest in authenticity, there is a growing number of empirical studies on individual authenticity in work settings.

However, these studies have been generated within separate literatures on topics such as authentic leadership, emotional labour, and identity management, among many others, making it difficult for scholars to integrate and build upon the authenticity research to date. In order to facilitate and advance future investigations, this seminar reviews the extant empirical work across ten different authenticity constructs. Following our research review, we use a power lens to help synthesize our major findings and insights. We conclude by identifying directions for future research, including the need for scholars to embrace a multifaceted view of authenticity in organizations. Overall, our review both reinforces and tempers the enthusiasm in contemporary discussions of authenticity in the popular and business press.

For more information contact: Luisa Acheson

Speaker Bios

Dr. Patricia Faison Hewlin joined McGill University in 2010. She conducts research on how organization members and leaders engage in authentic expression, as well as factors that impede authenticity in every day work interactions. Her research has centred on employee silence, and the degree to which members suppress personal values and pretend to embrace those of the organization, a behaviour she has termed as “creating facades of conformity”. Her research interests also include gaining insight on how members cope with perceived organizational value breaches in megachurches and other values-driven organizations. With the support of Canada's Social Science and Humanities Research Council, Professor Hewlin's research has expanded to studying the role of authenticity and values among diverse organizational leaders and entrepreneurs in Canada, US and Asia.