Money matters: teflonic identity manoeuvring in the investment banking sector

Alvesson, Mats and Robertson, Maxine (2016) Money matters: teflonic identity manoeuvring in the investment banking sector. Organization Studies, 37 1: 7-34. doi:10.1177/0170840615593591

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Author Alvesson, Mats
Robertson, Maxine
Title Money matters: teflonic identity manoeuvring in the investment banking sector
Journal name Organization Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1741-3044
Publication date 2016-01-01
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0170840615593591
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 37
Issue 1
Start page 7
End page 34
Total pages 28
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications
Language eng
Abstract In this paper we address identity issues in relation to senior employees in the UK investment banking sector. Drawing on in-depth material, the study demonstrates their marginal concerns about identity issues or engagement in what is typically viewed as identity work. Instead they had what we refer to as an identity minimalism orientation and met potential challenges to identity with what we conceptualize as teflonic identity manoeuvring. In so doing they were able to deflect attention away from themselves, enabling them to circumvent identity concerns. These employees drew upon material resources, specifically money, to rationalize this disposition and social (in particular, dress codes) and discursive resources (around professionalism) to bolster and sustain this disposition.
Keyword Banking
Identity minimalism
Identity work
Teflonic identity manoeuvring
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
Additional Notes Published online 12 August 2015

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