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

Theory, Research Evidence, and Application

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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Appendix: instrument for the measurement of collective psychological ownership

Jon L. Pierce and Iiro Jussila


Instructions: think about the house, automobile, or some other item that you own or co-own with someone, and the experiences and feelings associated with the statement ‘this is ours!’ The following questions deal with the ‘sense of ownership’ that you and your work team members feel for [insert the target of ownership here, for example, tools]. Indicate the degree to which you personally agree or disagree with each of the following statements. 1 ϭ Strongly disagree 2 ϭ Disagree 3 ϭ Moderately disagree 4 ϭ Neither agree nor disagree 5 ϭ Moderately agree 6 ϭ Agree 7 ϭ Strongly agree 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. We (my team members and I) collectively agree that these are our tools. We (my team members and I) have a collective sense that these tools are ours. We (my team members and I) collectively feel that these tools belong to us together. We (my team members and I) feel a very high degree of collective (team) ownership for these tools. All of the members of my work team feel as though we own these tools collectively. NOTES 1. Dependent upon the group being studied the term ‘work team’ appearing in each of the items may need to be worded differently (for example, crew, team mates), and the target of ownership is changeable. 284 PIERCE PRINT.indd 284 25/07/2011 15:57 Appendix 285 2. Scoring of collective psychological ownership is determined by calculating the team’s mean score. At the extremes a score of 1 would more-or-less suggest the absence of any collective...

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