Emotions: Perspectives and practicalities

Härtel, Charmine E. J., Welpe, Isabell, Eisenberg, Jacob, Fischbach, Andrea, Spoerrle, Matthias and Minahan, Stella (2005). Emotions: Perspectives and practicalities. In: Frank Thomas Piller, EURAM 2005 Proceedings. EURAM 2005: The European Academy of Management Annual Conference. Responsible Management in an Uncertain World, Munich, Germany, (242-242). 4-7 May 2005.

Author Härtel, Charmine E. J.
Welpe, Isabell
Eisenberg, Jacob
Fischbach, Andrea
Spoerrle, Matthias
Minahan, Stella
Title of paper Emotions: Perspectives and practicalities
Conference name EURAM 2005: The European Academy of Management Annual Conference. Responsible Management in an Uncertain World
Conference location Munich, Germany
Conference dates 4-7 May 2005
Convener European Academy of Management (EURAM)
Proceedings title EURAM 2005 Proceedings
Place of Publication München, Germany
Publisher European Academy of Management (EURAM)
Publication Year 2005
Sub-type Other
Editor Frank Thomas Piller
Start page 242
End page 242
Total pages 1
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Understanding emotions in the organizational context is an important research issue and a strongly emerging field of research (Härtel, Zerbe & Ashkanasy, 2004; Jordan, Ashkanasy, & Härtel, 2003). A growing number of serious researchers are beginning to take the study of emotions into workplace settings. In particular, the emergence of theoretical frameworks such as Weiss and Cropanzano's (1996) affective events theory, and the wider acceptance of an emotional basis in organizational theory suggests that the time is ripe for further development of this area (Ashkanasy, Härtel & Daus, 2002). The benefits of studying emotion in workplace settings derive from the evidence that organisational members seldom carry out their work in an objective fashion based on cold, cognitive calculation. Instead, as Weiss and Cropanzano (1996) argue, workplace experiences comprise a succession of work events that can be pleasing and invigorating, or stressful and frustrating. These events affect the way we feel and behave at work. For instance, some jobs require a display of positive emotion that may be quite different from what is actually felt (Ashforth & Humphrey, 1993). Evidence is also emerging that emotional trait constructs such as negative affectivity (Watson & Clark, 1984) and emotional intelligence (Salovey & Mayer, 1990) affect behavior and decision making in the workplace context. Further, research is linking work-evoked emotions to psychological stress and well-being.

The topic of emotions in organisations has been taken up by both practitioners and academics, and in some cases, with what appears as uncritical zeal. It is therefore an area requiring particular attention to the ethics and regulations necessary to govern research and practice in the area. Submitted papers will address topical issues in emotions research and stimulate discussion on both the dangers and opportunities in emotions research, wrestling with the issue of how to define the parameters for safe research in emotions.
Subjects 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Q-Index Code EX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
Additional Notes This was presented as Track 30.

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