Title: Hope and patience as coping mechanisms of food managers in the face of challenges: the Turkish case

Authors: Mehmet Ali Turkmenoglu

Addresses: Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Mus Alparslan University, Diyarbakir Yolu 7.km, 49025, Mus, Turkey

Abstract: This research aims to examine how managers in the food sector coped with the challenges that the Gezi Park protests caused in Istanbul, Turkey in 2013. Recent Gezi Park protests in Istanbul triggered a multi-layered crisis. These protests lasted more than two months, having long-term effects on Turkey's social, cultural and economic life. This study considers the Gezi Park protests as a crisis for food sector businesses in the neighbourhood around the park. By drawing on interviews with 40 managers in the food sector, this paper examines how managers in the food sector coped with the challenges. Based on thematic analysis of qualitative data, two coping mechanisms emerged including being hopeful about the future, being patient against multiple challenges.

Keywords: hope; patience; coping mechanisms; positive emotions; food managers; Gezi Park; protests.

DOI: 10.1504/IJWOE.2018.094682

International Journal of Work Organisation and Emotion, 2018 Vol.9 No.3, pp.209 - 223

Received: 23 Feb 2018
Accepted: 20 Apr 2018

Published online: 11 Sep 2018 *

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