Where do I go from here? Meaning-making in the wake of missed promotions at work
While there is extensive research on individuals who undergo role transitions, often in response to promotions, there is very little research that focuses on individuals who are overlooked for promotion. In this manuscript, we present a meaning-making based model of missed promotions in order to understand how individuals working in scripted careers interpret and respond to missed promotions. To do so, we draw from the literature on coping and sensemaking to expand the notion of career narratives. Further, the core of our model is based on a process of double narration in which individuals both make sense of the missed promotion and also incorporate it into their overall career narrative. This model advances our understanding of missed promotions at work through integrating two existing meaning-making literatures.
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