Complexity theory and affect structure:a dynamic approach to modeling emotional changes in organizations

Li, Yan, Ashkanasy, Neal M. and Ahlstrom, David (2010) Complexity theory and affect structure:a dynamic approach to modeling emotional changes in organizations. In: Research on Emotion in Organizations. UNSPECIFIED, pp. 139-165. ISBN 978-0-85724-177-1

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Abstract

To reconcile theoretical discrepancies between discrete emotion, dimensional emotion (positive vs. negative affect), and the circumplex model, we propose the bifurcation model of affect structure (BMAS). Based on complexity theory, this model explores how emotion as an adaptive complex system reacts to affective events through negative and positive feedback loops, resulting in self-organizing oscillation and transformations between three states: equilibrium emotion, discrete positive and negative emotion in the near-equilibrium state, and chaotic emotion. We argue that the BMAS is superior to the extant models in revealing the dynamic connections between emotions and the intensity of affective events in organizational settings.

Item Type: Book Section
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > Norwich Business School
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Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2013 13:50
Last Modified: 22 Apr 2020 10:40
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/45269
DOI: 10.1108/S1746-9791(2010)0000006010

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