Autobiographical Memory and Organizational Identity: The Role of Temporal Fluidity

Roy Suddaby, Majken Schultz, Trevor Israelsen

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Current theories of identity in organizations assume and valorize stability of identity over time. In this chapter the authors challenge this assumption by introducing contemporary understandings of the fluidity of time in the construction of autobiographical memory. They argue that, both in individual and organizational memory, narrative constructions of the self fluidly incorporate episodes from the past, present, and future in an ongoing effort to create a coherent autobiography. They elaborate the construct of autobiographical memory as constituted by autonoetic consciousness, life narrative, and collective memory and discuss the implications for identities in organizations.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Identities in Organizations
EditorsAndrew D. Brown
Number of pages16
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Publication date2020
ISBN (Print)9780198827115
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Autobiographical memory
  • Organizational identification
  • Organizational identity
  • Temporal fluidity
  • Autonoetic consciousness
  • Life narrative
  • Collective memory
  • History

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