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Self-concept orientation and organizational identification: a mediated relationship

Chun Guo (Department of Management, Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA)
Jane K. Miller (Department of Management, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts, USA)
Melissa S. Woodard (Department of Management, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts, USA)
Daniel J. Miller (Department of Management, Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, Connecticut, USA)
Kirk D. Silvernail (Lee Business School, University of Nevada Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA)
Mehmet Devrim Aydin (Department of Political Science and Public Administration, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey)
Ana Heloisa da Costa Lemos (IAG School of Management, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Vilmante Kumpikaite-Valiuniene (School of Economics and Business, Kaunas University of Technology, Kaunas, Lithuania)
Sudhir Nair (Peter B. Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria, Victoria, Canada)
Paul F. Donnelly (College of Business, Dublin Institute of Technology, Dublin, Ireland)
Robert D. Marx (Department of Management, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts, USA)
Linda M. Peters (Department of Management, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts, USA)

Journal of Managerial Psychology

ISSN: 0268-3946

Article publication date: 5 September 2018

Issue publication date: 25 October 2018

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to test a mediated model of the relationship between self-concept orientation (individualist and collectivist) and organizational identification (OrgID, Cooper and Thatcher, 2010), with proposed mediators including the need for organizational identification (nOID, Glynn, 1998) as well as self-presentation concerns of social adjustment (SA) and value expression (VE, Highhouse et al., 2007).

Design/methodology/approach

Data were collected from 509 participants in seven countries. Direct and mediation effects were tested using structural equation modeling (AMOS 25.0).

Findings

Individualist self-concept orientation was positively related to VE and collectivist self-concept orientation was positively related to nOID, VE and SA. VE mediated the relationship between both self-concept orientations and OrgID. In addition, nOID mediated the relationship for collectivist self-concept orientation.

Practical implications

This study identifies underlying psychological needs as mediators of the relationship of self-concept orientation to OrgID. Understanding these linkages enables employers to develop practices that resonate with the self-concept orientations and associated psychological needs of their employees, thereby enhancing OrgID.

Originality/value

This study provides a significant contribution to the OrgID literature by proposing and testing for relationships between self-concept orientations and OrgID as mediated by underlying psychological needs. The results provide support for the mediated model as well as many of Cooper and Thatcher’s (2010) theoretical propositions, with notable exceptions.

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Citation

Guo, C., Miller, J.K., Woodard, M.S., Miller, D.J., Silvernail, K.D., Aydin, M.D., Lemos, A.H.d.C., Kumpikaite-Valiuniene, V., Nair, S., Donnelly, P.F., Marx, R.D. and Peters, L.M. (2018), "Self-concept orientation and organizational identification: a mediated relationship", Journal of Managerial Psychology, Vol. 33 No. 4/5, pp. 358-371. https://doi.org/10.1108/JMP-09-2017-0293

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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