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Title: Rationality, Empathy and Bluntness
Emotionologies in an Information Systems Project
Author: Hekkale, Riitta; Stein, Mari-Klara
Abstract: Using Stearns and Stearns’ (1985), and Fineman’s (2008) view on emotionologies, this qualitative case study examines the attitudes that members of an inter-organizational information systems (IOIS) project hold toward emotions and their appropriate expression in this particular project. In order to understand the role of emotionologies in emotion management, we suggest the adoption of the concept of emotion structure, consisting of emotion rules and resources (Callahan, 2004), which we argue helps to understand both the attitudes a group holds towards emotions and their expression as well as the influence of these standards on emotion management. This study extends prior research on emotion rules (cf. Bolton & Boyd, 2003) and introduces the idea of personal emotion rules of IOIS project members. We show that organizational actors are indeed skilled emotion managers, but their behavior is guided not only by group emotionologies with their commercial, professional, organizational, and social emotion rules, but also by personal emotion rules. Based on earlier literature (e.g. Callahan, 2004), we suggest that emotion rules and their impact on emotion management emanate from two sources: external (authoritative) and internal (allocative). We then identify various types of emotion management that follow (prescriptive, situational, presentational, philanthropic, misanthropic), both confirming and extending prior research.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10398/9173
Date: 2015-08-24
Notes: Paper presented at The 75th Academy of Management Annual Meeting, August 7-11, 2015, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

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