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PUENTE-PALACIOS, Katia Elizabeth; PORTO, Juliana Barreiros  and  MARTINS, Maria do Carmo Fernandes. Emersion through combining levels in Organizational and Work Psychology. Rev. Psicol., Organ. Trab. [online]. 2016, vol.16, n.4, pp. 358-366. ISSN 1984-6657.

Organizational levels are not static, but are actually interrelated dynamic segments. The micro and macro levels are traditionally identified and studied, and more recently, the meso level. A typical phenomenon in multilevel studies is the transformation of micro into meso or even macro level, through a process called emersion. Despite the occurrence of this phenomenon in cognition, affects, and emotions, it has long been disregarded. Therefore, this manuscript aims to analyze transformations of individual characteristics into collective ones in the organizational context. We will also emphasize demands faced by researchers interested in maintaining a theoretical and empirical alignment when conducting research and diagnosis regarding organizations. Our analysis identified a misalignment between theory and empirical data. Therefore, we present a set of issues to be addressed in organizational research and practice.

Keywords : emersion process; organizational levels; group process.

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