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An organizational role is the configuration of expectations and interpretations of behavior associated with a particular position within an organizational context. The concept of roles emerged from the theater metaphor, which captures the idea that organizational dynamics can be described in terms of a play, in line with a script where different people have a part to play in a performance. The interpretation and managing of different roles can be challenging in various ways. Part of the complexity and the way forward in this change is a consistent assumption through all the different approaches to roles, that they are defined in relation to other roles.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe International Encyclopedia of Organizational Communication
EditorsCraig R. Scott, Laurie Lewis, James R. Barker, Joann Keyton, Timothy Kuhn, Paaige K. Turner
Place of PublicationChichester, West Sussex
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781118955567
Publication statusPublished - 8 Mar 2017


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