Expanding the Social Context Surrounding Impression Management at Work
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Impression management (IM) refers to behaviors individuals engage in to create, maintain, or alter a specific or desired imaged held by a target (Bolino et al., 2016). Beginning with the Jones and Pittman (1982) taxonomy for understanding general impression management strategies within organizations, valuable information has been gained regarding when and why individuals engage in IM, as well as important consequences for the actors and the organization in general. However, there is still much to learn about IM. In particular, more work needs to be done to understand impression management strategies within the wider social context of organizational dynamics, and the papers included in this symposium highlight this potential. Empirical results from the first two papers show that humor style relates to IM in important ways and third-party reactions produce unique consequences of IM. The final two papers provide investigations into the newcomer socialization process and how the use of IM may change depending on the target (e.g., whether the target is of higher/lower status). The Influence of Humor Styles on Impression Management and Supervisor Evaluations of Employees Presenter: Phillip S. Thompson; Virginia Tech Presenter: G. James Lemoine; U. at Buffalo, The State U. of New York Presenter: Mark C Bolino; U. of Oklahoma Presenter: Mandy Varley; Case Western Reserve U. How Brown Nosing Can Get You a Black Eye: Employee Responses to Observed Ingratiation Presenter: David Montgomery Long; College of William and Mary Presenter: Trevor Foulk; U. of Maryland Getting to Know You: Socializing and Its Differential Effects for Male and Female Newcomers Presenter: Lawrence Houston; Oregon State U. Presenter: Anthony Klotz; Oregon State U. Exploring the Structure of Impression Management Strategies Within Social Hierarchies Presenter: Jonathan Evans; U. of Arizona Presenter: Nitya Chawla; U. of Arizona Presenter: Allison S. Gabriel; U. of Arizona Presenter: Joel Koopman; Texas A Florida State U. Presenter: John D. Arnold; Florida State U.
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