Based on a survey of my research community
Research has long known about the important implications of the risk of losing one’s work (the risk of layoff, the possible “death” of one’s organization or an incapacitating accident). But what about when an occupational community’s existence is at stake? Indeed, occupations and professions can be threatened to the point of non-existence. Such a potential loss is likely to not only influence “who I am?” but more broadly one’s place in the social order, that is “why am I here?” As such, it poses an existential threat. Existential threats from occupational demise can come from the emergence of a new competitor, a new way of working, a crisis (e.g., disaster or financial crisis) and technology, just to name a few. Such existential threats can have important consequences on occupational members’ lives. Yet, our current theories still fall short to understand how individuals experience this threat. In an inductive qualitative study of Les Clefs d’Or concierges in the USA, my dissertation aims at uncovering what that these impacts and experiences are.
OUT OF SERVICE ? INDIVIDUAL EXPERIENCES IN AN OCCUPATIONAL EXISTENTIAL THREAT
• Sala, G.R., Pratt, M.G., (in press) How Organizations Influence Interpersonal Trust Repair: The Case of a French Antiterrorist Unit, Academy of Management Journal, https://doi.org/10.5465/amj.2020.1093
• Pratt, M.G., Sala, G.R.* (2021). A Researcher's Toolkit for Observational Methods. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Business and Management. Oxford University Press.
• Sala, G., Haag, C. (2016). Comment vaincre l’anxiété en situation extrême? Les secrets de la Force Intervention du GIGN, unité d’élite de la gendarmerie nationale (Taming anxiety in high-risk situations; the secrets of the GIGN). Revue Française de Gestion, 42(257), 129-147
UNDER REVIEW, IN-PRESS AND PUBLICATIONS
• Sala, G.R., Harrison, S., Bartunek, J., Surprise, surprise, surprise: Synthesizing the emotions, benefits, and cross-level dynamics of surprise in organizations. Working paper. Boston College. (theory paper)
• Crosina, E., Sala, G.R.*, Bartunek, J., On Individual-Level Imprinting: What, When, How & Why Care. Working paper. Babson College. (theory paper)
• Sala, G.R., Patience and resilience in high-risk situations: Interventions of the Quebec SWAT Team (design: interviews and observations)
WORKING PAPERS & WORK IN PROGRESS
Academy of Management
European Group for Organization Studies
American Psychological Association (2017-2019)
Boston Field Researchers Conference