Psychological Ownership and the Organizational Context
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Psychological Ownership and the Organizational Context

Theory, Research Evidence, and Application

  • New Horizons in Management series

Jon L. Pierce and Iiro Jussila

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.
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Chapter 12: Where Do We Go From Here? Theory, Empirical Research, and Application?

Jon L. Pierce and Iiro Jussila

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12. Where do we go from here? Theory, empirical research, and application In this our closing chapter, we address three themes each of which is an outgrowth of our review of the psychological ownership literature and the writing of this book. First, we are left with several questions that are of a theoretical nature. There is a need for additional theory construction, and toward this end we offer suggestions as to areas where we believe a contribution can be made. Second, we have identified areas calling for empirical inquiry. There are several research questions and hypothesized relationships that we have uncovered that await empirical examination. Some of these areas will be highlighted in this closing chapter. Finally, as we draw this book to a close there is the matter of application. While we recognize that science is a dynamic process, as one question appears to be answered several new ones emerge, we do believe that the time is right and that it is important to draw upon current theory and empirical research to address issues pertaining to managerial implications. THEORETICAL EXPLORATIONS Several areas that have come to our attention that are in need of elaboration. While we believe the current literature provides us with a sound theoretical perspective on psychological ownership at both the individualand group-level, this work is far from complete. The existing literature can be instrumental, serving as a useful springboard for additional theorizing and as a guide to empirical inquiry. That said, there are several questions that...

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