Article first published online: 28 MAY 2013
Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Journal of Organizational Behavior
Volume 35, Issue 3, pages 318–338, April 2014
How to Cite
Brown, G., Pierce, J. L. and Crossley, C. (2014), Toward an Understanding of the Development of Ownership Feelings. J. Organiz. Behav., 35: 318–338. doi: 10.1002/job.1869
- Issue published online: 25 MAR 2014
- Article first published online: 28 MAY 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 5 APR 2013
- Manuscript Revised: 8 MAR 2013
- Manuscript Received: 23 APR 2012
- psychological ownership;
- measure development;
- work environment;
- job complexity
Psychological ownership is increasingly recognized as a core feeling in the experience of work. Within jobs and the work context, there is a wide range of opportunities to experience psychological ownership. Yet empirical work on how feelings of ownership develop is lacking, and thus ways to develop psychological ownership in the workplace are not well understood. We explore the routes traveled to feelings of ownership by using job complexity as one example of work environment structure that affects the formation of psychological ownership. In two studies, we develop measures of the routes and confirm that perceived differences in one's work meaningfully predict psychological ownership. Collectively, the two studies provide insight into and offer suggestions for how ownership develops and ways in which managers might foster employee feelings of ownership toward their work. Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.