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The changing influence of culture on job satisfaction across Europe: 1981-2008

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  • Gail Pacheco


    (Department of Economics, Auckland University of Technology)

  • De Wet van der Westhuizen

    (Telecom, New Zealand.)

  • Don J. Webber


    (Department of Accounting, Economics and Finance, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK)

This paper contributes to the growing multi-disciplinary body of literature on subjective wellbeing by investigating the temporal stability and impacts of cultural values on job satisfaction over time. It is generally believed that cultural values evolve fairly slowly, leading to the expectation that the impacts of these values on job satisfaction are likely to be fairly stable over an individual’s working life. This paper uses four waves of the European Values Study and investigates whether cultural values have evolved and whether their impacts on job satisfaction have changed across Europe over the period 1981-2008. We parameterise cultural values through reference to traditional vs. secular and survival vs. self-expression value continuums. Results indicate that the strength of many cultural values have declined, the impacts of traditional values on job satisfaction have remained fairly constant, and the impacts of survival values on job satisfaction have declined substantially over the sample period.

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Paper provided by Auckland University of Technology, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 2012-06.

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Length: 33 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2012
Handle: RePEc:aut:wpaper:201206
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  1. De Wet van der Westhuizen & Gail Pacheco & Don J. Webber, 2010. "Culture, participative decision making and job satisfaction," Working Papers 1010, Department of Accounting, Economics and Finance, Bristol Business School, University of the West of England, Bristol.
  2. Michale D. Myers & Felix B. Tan, 2002. "Beyond Models of National Culture in Information Systems Research," Journal of Global Information Management (JGIM), IGI Global, vol. 10(1), pages 24-32, January.
  3. Freeman, Richard B, 1978. "Job Satisfaction as an Economic Variable," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 68(2), pages 135-141, May.
  4. Scott Fargher, 2008. "Cultural heritage and job satisfaction in Eastern and Western Europe," International Journal of Manpower, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 29(7), pages 630-650, November.
  5. Riggle, Robert J. & Edmondson, Diane R. & Hansen, John D., 2009. "A meta-analysis of the relationship between perceived organizational support and job outcomes: 20 years of research," Journal of Business Research, Elsevier, vol. 62(10), pages 1027-1030, October.
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