Social learning of work values in organizations

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Used social learning theory to examine the process of employee value changes in organizations. Specifically, the relationship of model and observer characteristics to value similarity was studied. Participants consisted of 141 1st-level supervisors (subordinates) and 58 higher-level supervisors (their direct supervisors), with each member describing his/her work values. Similarity in values was then related to indices of the supervisor's consideration, competence, and success within the organization. Results indicate that supervisor consideration was positively correlated with value similarity for the total sample. Supervisor success and competence were positively correlated with similarity only for pairs with low-self-esteem subordinates. Results are discussed in terms of the role-defining information provided by models with various characteristics. (24 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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