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Time affluence, material affluence and well‐being among Turkish managers

Ronald J. Burke (Schulich School of Business, York University, Toronto, Canada)
Mustafa Koyuncu (Faculty of Commerce and Tourism Education, Nevsehir University, Nevsehir, Turkey)
Lisa Fiksenbaum (Department of Psychology, York University, Toronto, Canada, and)
Halil Demirer (School of Tourism Management, Mustafa Kemal University, Antakya, Turkey)

Cross Cultural Management: An International Journal

ISSN: 1352-7606

Article publication date: 23 October 2009

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Abstract

Purpose

Based on US college student and adult samples, Kasser and Sheldon suggested that time affluence (TA) may be a more significant predictor of subjective well‐being than material affluence (MA). This paper aims to replicate and extend their findings to an employed sample from another country and culture.

Design/methodology/approach

Data were collected from 877 men and women managers and professionals working in the manufacturing sector in Turkey using anonymously completed questionnaires.

Findings

This sample worked long hours and earned significantly less income than did the US samples. TA and MA were uncorrelated in this sample though positively and significantly correlated in the US samples. Income emerged as a significant predictor of MA but not TA. Hierarchical regression analyses, controlling for both personal demographics (e.g. age, education) and work situation characteristics (e.g. organizational level, organizational tenure) showed that TA and MA were significant predictors of most work outcomes (e.g. job satisfaction, job stress) and indicators of psychological well‐being (e.g. psychosomatic symptoms, life satisfaction).

Research limitations/implications

Data were collected at one point in time so issues of causality cannot be addressed. Results suggest that further research on TA and MA should be carried out in countries having different values and levels of development than in North America.

Originality/value

These findings partially replicate US results and extend them to women and men working in a single occupation in another country. They suggest that further research on TA and MA should be carried out in countries having different values and levels of development than in North America.

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Citation

Burke, R.J., Koyuncu, M., Fiksenbaum, L. and Demirer, H. (2009), "Time affluence, material affluence and well‐being among Turkish managers", Cross Cultural Management: An International Journal, Vol. 16 No. 4, pp. 386-397. https://doi.org/10.1108/13527600911000357

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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