Theory, Research Evidence, and Application
New Horizons in Management series
Jon L. Pierce I have had longstanding interest in learning about the genesis of the ideas (that is, research questions) that scholars find themselves interested in and the fruits of their academic labors. Now as I commence the writing of this book on psychological ownership (the possessive sense that something is mine or ours), I find myself reflecting on the origins of this work, the confluence of events that pushed my thinking and inquiry in one direction as opposed to another, and the people who played a significant role in this process. It is this story and those individuals who played an instrumental role in my journey that will be acknowledged in this preface. If it were not for their influence and contributions this treatise on psychological ownership would have never been written. Portions of our thinking as expressed here have been published piecemeal and elsewhere, often appearing in this text without self-quotation, yet not without citation and referencing when deemed important to do so. The intent behind this book is to bring the psychological ownership literature (theory and research evidence) together in a single place for those students, academics, and practitioners who find themselves interested in the topic. In addition and to the extent possible, in the closing chapter we offer those managerial implications that we believe can be drawn at this point in time. We also intend to use this platform to make suggestions as to directions for future research with the hope that such direction will contribute...