Moral Conflicts as a Motor of Moral Identity Development at Work : Self-Awareness and Micro Processes in Weekly Experiences
Huhtala, M., & Saskia Kunnen, E. (2019). Moral Conflicts as a Motor of Moral Identity Development at Work : Self-Awareness and Micro Processes in Weekly Experiences. Identity, 19(4), 258-276. https://doi.org/10.1080/15283488.2019.1670183
© Taylor & Francis, 2019
Based on the identity process model, we investigated developmental differences in moral identity between leaders by analyzing their personal experiences of and reactions to actual moral conflicts at work. Using a longitudinal (16-week) qualitative design, we collected weekly moral conflict stories from ten leaders. First, after an inductive exploratory analysis we found that the leaders showed different levels of awareness (descriptive, reflective, and evaluative) with regard to how far they were able to identify their own role, values, feelings, and behaviors in each moral conflict. Second, after a theory-driven analysis, the integrated model of the micro processes of identity development was found applicable to the moral domain: Assimilation, accommodation, and withdrawal were identifiable from the leaders’ reactions to moral conflicts. In addition, we identified subcategories of defensive, self-protective, and morally courageous responses to the conflicts. Leaders were more likely to use a variety of ways to maintain their existing value framework than to show major changes in their personal values. Thus, a prerequisite for moral identity development seems to be the ability to reflect and evaluate one’s moral framework from multiple viewpoints, as this can lead to more flexibility, and eventually, a readiness for change. ...
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Publication in research information system
MetadataShow full item record
Related funder(s)Academy of Finland
Funding program(s)Postdoctoral Researcher, AoF
Additional information about fundingThis work was supported by the Academy of Finland under Grant 294428.
Showing items with similar title or keywords.
Resistance during the armed conflict in the Chocó, Colombia : a case study on the development of territorial and cultural resistance of the indigenous communities since the 1980s Baumeister, Robert (2007)This Master’s thesis aims to study the resistance process of the indigenous communities of the Colombian department of Chocó and the development of this process into potential grass-roots peace initiative via a particular ...
Huhtala, Mari; Lämsä, Anna-Maija; Feldt, Taru (Stockholm University Press, 2019)We investigated the applicability of the identity status paradigm in identifying different stages of moral identity maturity among managers, focusing on how they solve moral conflicts in the context of work. Researchers ...
Teacher educators amid conflicting demands : tensions between individual and organizational development Hökkä, Päivi (University of Jyväskylä, 2012)
Huhtala, Mari; Fadjukoff, Päivi; Kroger, Jane (Springer, 2020)This qualitative study explores how business leaders narrate their personal ways of recognizing, reasoning, and resolving moral conflicts and what these stories reveal about their moral identity processes within organizational ...
Jelekäinen, Emmi (2015)The present study examines how immigrant artists view their intercultural identity formation and development process through art making. The study is based on a theoretical foundation combining the concepts of identity, ...