The Professional Life Space (PLS) drawing: a tool for shaping professional identities. A study on prison police officers.

Chiara D'Angelo, Caterina Gozzoli, Davide Mezzanotte

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Abstract

This work aims at presenting the potentialities of the Professional Life Space drawing (PLS) carrying out research on professional identity (Sveningsson & Alvesson, 2003). The PLS, an adaptation of the individual version of the Family Life Space (FLS) (Gozzoli, Tamanza, 2008), is a graphic-symbolic tool which catches the representation made by a single professional on his/her professional world and his/her professional relevant network. The study presented refers to a group of 15 police officers of an Italian Prison. By applying the tool on a specific group of professional who are experiencing difficult professional conditions (stress, overload of job) this work wants to point out the potentialities of the tool in activating reflexivity and sense-making about professional identities.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAuthors in practice, practical authorship. Proceedings of the congress Organizational Learning, Knowledge and Capabilities.
Pages47
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2015
EventAuthors in practice, practical authorship. Organizational Learning, Knowledge and Capabilities (OLKC) Congress. - Milano
Duration: 9 Apr 201511 Apr 2015

Conference

ConferenceAuthors in practice, practical authorship. Organizational Learning, Knowledge and Capabilities (OLKC) Congress.
CityMilano
Period9/4/1511/4/15

Keywords

  • Professional Life Space
  • professional identity

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