HCBE Faculty Articles

Title

The Like It or Not Proposition: Implications of Societal Characteristics for the Cultural Expertise and Personal Values of Organization Members

Document Type

Article

Date

11-17-2014

Publication Title

Journal of Organizational Behavior

ISSN or ISBN

1099-1379

Volume

35

Issue

8

First Page

1134

Last Page

1152

Description

Extensive statistical discussion about societal and individual levels of analysis continues in international organizational behavior (IOB). This discussion can be improved by drawing from other social science fields, particularly anthropology, sociology, and experimental psychology. We use such literature to develop a cultural expertise and personal values or “like it or not” proposition about the implications that societal culture has for individuals. This proposition suggests that a society's culture strongly shapes its members' cognitive structures and moderately influences its members' support for the society's prevailing value orientation. We use the family of individualism and collectivism values to illustrate the differences and relationships between levels of analysis. We conclude by reconsidering how to study societal culture and psychological dimensions in IOB.

DOI

10.1002/job.1977

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