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Psychological Ownership and the Organizational Context

Theory, Research Evidence, and Application Jon L. Pierce, Professor of Organizations and Management, University of Minnesota, Duluth, US and Iiro Jussila, Professor of Management and Organization, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland
Psychological ownership as a phenomenon and construct attracts an increasing number of scholars in a variety of fields. This volume presents a comprehensive and up-to-date review of the psychological ownership literature with particular attention paid to the theory, research evidence, and comments on managerial applications.
Finalist for the Academy of Management's 2012 George R. Terry Book Award
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Publication Date: 2011
ISBN: 978 0 85793 444 4
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  • Business and Management
  • Organisational Behaviour
Psychological ownership as a phenomenon and construct attracts an increasing number of scholars in a variety of fields. This volume presents a comprehensive and up-to-date review of the psychological ownership literature with particular attention paid to the theory, research evidence, and comments on managerial applications.

The authors address key elements that examine an employee’s ownership feelings for his or her employing organization. The chapters address, among others, the following themes: the meaning of psychological ownership, the genesis of ownership feelings, the experiences and paths down which people travel that give rise to experiences of ownership, and the consequences (the personal and work outcomes) that stem from the sense of ownership. While the majority of the book is focused on feelings of ownership that exist at the individual-level, the authors introduce the construct of collective psychological ownership as well. This work acknowledges that teamwork has become increasingly commonplace in organizations and that like individuals, teams can come to a collective sense of ownership for a variety of targets within their work environment. The book closes by drawing upon the existing science of psychological ownership to provide a perspective on its applied (managerial) implications.

This book will make a noteworthy addition to scholars’ libraries: university libraries will also value it among their collections. Students of organizational psychology, management, organizational behavior, sociology and communication and their professors will find much of interest here.
Contents: Preface 1. Life’s Ownership Experiences: An Introduction to Psychological Ownership 2. The Construct: Psychological Ownership 3. Roots: The Genesis of Psychological Ownership 4. Owners and the Targets of Ownership Feelings 5. The ‘Routes to’ Psychological Ownership 6. Effects: The Hypothesized Consequences of Psychological Ownership 7. The Hypothesized Antecedents of Psychological Ownership 8. Formal and Psychological Ownership: The Employee-owned Organization 9. The Sense of Ownership within the Work and Organizational Context: The Empirical Evidence 10. Psychological Ownership and its Measurement: Construct Validation Evidence 11. Collective Psychological Ownership 12. Where Do We Go From Here? Theory, Empirical Research, and Application? Bibliography Index