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Title: Employers' organisations as social movements: Political power and identity work
Authors: Sezer, Lisa A.
First Published: 25-Sep-2018
Publisher: Wiley
Citation: Human Resource Management Journal, 2019, 29 (1), pp. 67-81
Abstract: The literature on employers' and business organisations (EOs) has failed to analyse them as contentious organisations that apply identity work as a power resource to mobilise resources and members. This article is based on a qualitative case study of Islamic EOs in Turkey. Developing a social movement model of EOs, I analyse the mechanisms through which identity work with local religious collaborators facilitated collective action and political power. I find that the role of identity work was threefold: providing internal solidarity, securing external legitimacy, and supporting contentious institutional change by developing new policy ideas. This model can be applied more widely as EOs have increasingly shifted from traditional roles to take on social movement characteristics.
DOI Link: 10.1111/1748-8583.12209
ISSN: 0954-5395
eISSN: 1748-8583
Embargo on file until: 25-Sep-2020
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2018, Wiley. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s open access archiving policy. (
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