Myths to work by

redemptive self-narratives and generative agency for organizational change

W. E Douglas Creed, Rich Dejordy, Jaco Lok

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In this article we consider how cultural resources rooted in religion help to constitute and animate people working in industrialized societies across both religious and nonreligious domains. We argue that redemptive self-narratives figure prominently in the symbolic constructions people attach to their experiences across the many domains of human experience; such redemptive narratives not only can shape their identities and sense of life purpose, they inform their practices and choices and animate their capacity for action. To consider how redemptive selfnarratives can provide a basis for agency in organizations, we analyze and compare the career narratives of a retired Episcopal Bishop and a celebrated CEO.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationReligion and organization theory
EditorsPaul Tracey, Nelson Phillips, Michael Lounsbury
Place of PublicationBingley, UK
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing
Number of pages46
ISBN (Electronic)9781781906934
ISBN (Print)9781781906927
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameResearch in the sociology of organizations
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing
ISSN (Print)0733-558X


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  • Identity work
  • Ray C. Anderson
  • Redemption

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