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Love, lust and sex in the city: an exploration of conflicts of interests withon sexual and romantic relationships at work

Matthewman, Lisa J. (2008) Love, lust and sex in the city: an exploration of conflicts of interests withon sexual and romantic relationships at work. In: Proceedings of the British Psychological Society Social Psychology Section Annual Conference, 2 - 4 April 2008, Royal Dublin Society. BPS.

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Abstract

This paper provides an update on a paper presented at the 2006 BPSSPS conference. Social-sexual behaviour in the workplace is a widespread occurrence. However, to date psychological research has tended to adopt a functionalist approach using survey methods or third party approaches to ask about antecedents, processes and outcomes in relation to romantic and sexual relationships in the workplace. Drawing on popular social psychology literature and qualitative research methods, this research looks at how workplace romances are initiated, maintained and evolve in different professional groupings. The research paper presents initial research findings based on first hand accounts of workplace relationships resulting from research interviews conducted with 58 men and women currently or recently involved in a romantic or sexual workplace relationship. The research continues to offer a fresh perspective on emotional and sexual intimacy in the workplace. Focus will be upon the outcomes of sexual and romantic relationships in the workplace, with particular emphasis on emerging 'Conflicts of Interest' episodes. Finally, the author will highlight the development of a process-orientated typology of sexual and romantic relationships and then conclude by highlighting the implications of the research for organisations. Through better understanding of emotional and sexual intimacy in the workplace, guidance for practitioners is offered via the development of a relationship typology and framework to assist practitioners manage this issue and respond effectively.

Item Type:Book Section
Research Community:University of Westminster > Westminster Business School
ID Code:6265
Deposited On:06 Apr 2009 13:03
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