Date of Award

2019-01-01

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

Department

Business Administration

Advisor(s)

Fernanda Wagstaff

Abstract

Paradoxes are integral parts of our work lives. In this paper, I tested workplace triggers of

four different categories of tensions: belonging, learning, organizing, and performing tensions,

and I offered a theoretical framework on how these types of tensions affect employees' wellbeing negatively by examining stress. Further, I presented psychological resilience as a

contingency variable that reduces the experience of stress at the workplace. I also created the

organizing tensions instrument. I validated the scale and tested the model with three different

samples: Sample 1 (125 MBA students), sample 2 (time 1 520 Qualtrics Panel respondents), and

sample 3 (time 2 136 Qualtrics Panel respondents). I found support for some triggers of tensions

such that perception of organization to learning tensions, and plurality of stakeholders to

performing tensions. Further, I found support for the mediating effect of learning tensions of the

relationship between perception of change and job-related stress. I contributed theoretically to

the paradox theory literature by creating the instrument of organizing tensions, by testing the

theory at the individual level, and by unravelling triggers of tensions in organizations.

Practically, I highlighted how tensions can affect employees' wellbeing, and how organization

size or complexity can trigger all types of tensions as revealed by the outcomes of alternative

models.

Language

en

Provenance

Received from ProQuest

File Size

134 pages

File Format

application/pdf

Rights Holder

Rawia Ahmed

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