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The positive side of peer pressure: employees as “enforcers” of positive cultural values

Juliana Lilly (College of Business Administration, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas, USA)

Development and Learning in Organizations

ISSN: 1477-7282

Article publication date: 18 January 2021

Issue publication date: 21 July 2021




This paper discusses how peer pressure works and how to use it in a positive way to encourage employees to behave in ways that are beneficial to the organization.


This viewpoint is prepared by an independent writer offering practical suggestions to improve employee compliance by applying academic theory.


Organizations can create positive peer pressure through institutionalized socialization tactics that set clear expectations for behavior. These expectations become ingrained in culture leading to employees acting as “enforcers” of cultural values.


This article saves executives and researchers hours of reading time by presenting decades of research in a condensed and easy-to-read format.



Lilly, J. (2021), "The positive side of peer pressure: employees as “enforcers” of positive cultural values", Development and Learning in Organizations, Vol. 35 No. 5, pp. 4-6.



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