Can you be yourself in business? How reminders of business affect the perceived value of authenticity

Kokkoris, Michail ORCID: and Sedikides, Constantine (2019) Can you be yourself in business? How reminders of business affect the perceived value of authenticity. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 49 (7). pp. 448-458. ISSN 1559-1816

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Authenticity is generally beneficial to employees and organizations, but do business students believe that the business world affords it? On the one hand, business may be regarded as incompatible with authenticity, as it is arguably ruled largely by etiquette, norms, and conventions that leave little room to be one's true self (hindering role). On the other hand, business may be seen as promoting authenticity, as it is arguably based largely on creativity, initiative, and independence that provide opportunities to thrive by being one's true self (facilitating role). We proposed that business students would be more likely to endorse the facilitating role of authenticity. We hypothesized, in particular, that mere reminders of business (i.e., primes) would raise the general value of authenticity, but only among those who dispositionally value authenticity less (than more). Results of two experiments were consistent with the hypothesis. We discuss theoretical, managerial, and educational implications.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Departments > Marketing > Marketing und KonsumentInnenforschung
Version of the Document: Published
Depositing User: Gertraud Novotny
Date Deposited: 03 May 2019 06:58
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2019 14:16
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