A Netnographic Study of Extreme Forms of Misfit at Work

Jon Billsberry, Brenda Hollyoak, Danielle Talbot, Neil Pyper

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This empirical paper provides an analysis of the misfit experiences of people who self-label themselves as such and who write about their condition on the Internet. Netnography was used to trawl the Internet for first person expressions of misfit. 53 narratives were captured and analyzed. The findings included the identification, description, and analysis of three forms of workplace misfit: episodic social misfit, persistent social misfit, and maverickism. These forms of misfit have not previously received detailed coverage in the organizational fit literature. With the general experience of social misfit and episodic social misfit, we were able to investigate the cause, character, and consequences of the condition. With persistent social misfit and maverickism we were able to describe the conditions and discuss the implications. The main contributions are the discovery that severe forms of misfit appear to revolve around social exclusion rather than aspects of organization fit or value incongruence, misfit appears to have many forms, each with their own pathology, extreme forms of misfit may not be as strongly linked to organizational exit as previously postulated in the organizational fit literature, and severe cases of misfit may lead to dire outcomes including negative affect and depressive states.
Original languageEnglish
JournalAcademy of Management Discoveries
Publication statusSubmitted - 24 Jun 2018

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Billsberry, J., Hollyoak, B., Talbot, D., & Pyper, N. (2018). A Netnographic Study of Extreme Forms of Misfit at Work. Manuscript submitted for publication.

A Netnographic Study of Extreme Forms of Misfit at Work. / Billsberry, Jon; Hollyoak, Brenda; Talbot, Danielle; Pyper, Neil.

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