Status inconsistency in organizations: From social hierarchy to stress

Samuel B. Bacharach*, Peter Bamberger, Bryan Mundell

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This paper adopts the concept of status inconsistency from the wider sociological literature in order to explain one of the social psychological processes possibly underlying the linkage between organizational demography and occupational stress. In doing so, we review the methodological and theoretical difficulties that arise in applying status inconsistency to an organizational setting. After explicitly discussing our assumptions, we develop out of the literature a series of propositions explicating the nature of the relationships between demography, status, status inconsistency and occupational stress. In offering these propositions we not only attempt to show how status inconsistency may be used to explain many of the empirical relations found to exist between demography and occupational stress, but also try to show the potential value of the status inconsistency concept as both an independent and dependent variable in general organizational research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-36
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Organizational Behavior
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1993


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