Hiding in plain sight: Exploring the complex pathways between tactical concealment and relational wellbeing

David Raymond Jones, Tony Wall*, Amy Kenworthy, Fiona Hurd, Suzette Dyer, Peggy Hedges, Shankar Sankaran

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We argue that the current environment in higher education is one of the primary drivers for the widespread adoption of concealment tactics with the aim of enhancing wellbeing. To explore the relationship between concealment and wellbeing, we draw upon Scott’s conceptualization of “hidden transcripts” and Keyes’s five dimensions of social wellbeing. Using a collaborative ethnographic approach, we examine a 2-year period of individual and collective inquiry by an eclectic multidisciplinary, international group of academics. Our empirical and theoretical contributions expose a complex and, at times, seemingly contradictory relationship between tactical concealments and relational wellbeing, with variously generative and destructive pathways between them. Our research offers a lens through which we can critically explore and extend our understanding of alternative pathways to wellbeing in organizational life.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)473-489
Number of pages17
Issue number3
Early online date5 Apr 2023
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2023

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