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Collectivism And Its Consequences For Organizational Culture

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  • Maaja Vadi
  • Juri Allik
  • Anu Realo

Collectivism is a peoples’ tendency to think of themselves as parts of different collectives and subordinate their behavior to norms, duties, and obligations imposed by these collectives. The collectivistic attitudes influence, besides other social institutions, also the organizational behavior. The main goal of this study was to explore how three different types of collectivist attitudes (familism, companionship, and patriotism) shape organizational culture in the context of various sociodemographic characteristics, including ethnicity. One thousand three hundred and twenty eight employees from 16 different organizations in Estonia were studied in respect to their attitudes towards organizational culture and collectivism. It was demonstrated that independently of sociodemographic variables, the collectivistic attitudes were related to the way the organization members accept organizational goals and evaluate in terpersonal relationships within the organization. The constructed model of the relationship between collectivistic and organizational attitudes revealed potential sources of organizational tension, namely, between work and family, between workers and adminis trators, and between different ethnic groups with diverse cultural background.

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Paper provided by Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, University of Tartu (Estonia) in its series University of Tartu - Faculty of Economics and Business Administration Working Paper Series with number 12.

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Length: 41 pages
Date of creation: 2002
Handle: RePEc:mtk:febawb:12
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