Work, work ethic, work excess

Gayle Porter (School of Business, The State University of New Jersey, Rutgers, Camden, New Jersey, USA)

Journal of Organizational Change Management

ISSN: 0953-4814

Publication date: 1 October 2004


Organizational change initiatives are successful only through the efforts of the people, so it is important to look beyond surface reactions and understand the deeper implications of employees' visible work habits. By integrating work from several disciplines, this paper poses a series of questions aimed at creating better awareness of differences in how and why people work. Historic tracking of beliefs about work in the USA is provided as an example of how a positive foundation of strong work ethic can become the dysfunctional extreme of workaholism.



Gayle Porter (2004) "Work, work ethic, work excess", Journal of Organizational Change Management, Vol. 17 No. 5, pp. 424-439

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