All in a day's work: Boundaries and micro role transitions

Blake E. Ashforth, Glen E. Kreiner, Mel Fugate

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We focus on everyday role transitions involving home, work, and other places. Transitions are boundary-crossing activities, where one exits and enters roles by surmounting role boundaries. Roles can be arrayed on a continuum, spanning high segmentation to high integration. Segmentation decreases role blurring but increases the magnitude of change, rendering boundary crossing more difficult; crossing often is facilitated by rites of passage. Integration decreases the magnitude of change but increases blurring, rendering boundary creation and maintenance more difficult; this challenge often is surmounted by boundary work.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)472-491
Number of pages20
JournalAcademy of Management Review
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2000

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Business, Management and Accounting
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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