Non-work-related rejection of temporary members

Anette Kaagaard Kristensen, Martin Lund Petersen

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Purpose: This paper aims to highlight the social dynamics associated with the interaction between temporary and permanent organizational members in non-work-related situations. This view contrasts with previous studies which predominantly focus on work-related situations. Inspired by Goffman's dramaturgical metaphor, a perspective which emphasizes the influence of social regions on group membership as well as the ritual foundation of everyday social interactions is developed. Design/methodology/approach: This paper’s methodological foundation is a constructivist grounded theory study of 15 undergraduate nursing students' experiences as temporary members during their clinical placements. Findings: Temporary members arrive at their new organization with an expectation of attending non-work-related situations on similar terms as permanent members. However, they do not expect to be treated as new colleagues. They experience being excluded and ignored, which makes them feel humiliated, denied recognition and deprived of their dignity. Originality/value: Illuminating social dynamics related to backstage access provides valuable insights to studies of the relationship between temporary and permanent organizational members. Furthermore, redirecting the analytical focus from social dynamics associated with work-related situations to non-work-related ones provides new perspectives on moral exclusion by emphasizing the ritual foundation and its close connection to moral concepts such as dignity and recognition.

Translated title of the contributionMidlertidige organisatoriske medlemmer uden backstage adgang
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Organizational Analysis
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)389-400
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 25 Feb 2021


  • Constructivist grounded theory
  • Goffman
  • Moral exclusion
  • Temporary workers

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