The authors wish to thank M. A. Boni for his valuable review and comments on early drafts of this paper and George Wyse, director of the King County Park Department, whose interest and cooperation made the second study possible.
Perceived Similarity, Personality, and Attraction to Large Organizations1
Article first published online: 31 JUL 2006
Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 3, Issue 3, pages 258–266, September 1973
How to Cite
Hansson, R. O. and Fiedler, F. E. (1973), Perceived Similarity, Personality, and Attraction to Large Organizations. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 3: 258–266. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.1973.tb02801.x
This article is based on research performed under Contract N00014–67–A–0103–0012, Office of Naval Research, Department of the Navy, and Contract N00014–67-A-0103–0013, Advanced Research Projects Agency, Office of Naval Research (Fred E. Fiedler, Principal investigator).
- Issue published online: 31 JUL 2006
- Article first published online: 31 JUL 2006
Two separate studies tested the hypothesis that perceived similarity to members of an organization was related to attraction to that organization, but only for relationship-motivated persons, and not for task-motivated persons. Support for the hypothesis was obtained in both studies using Least Preferred Coworker (LPC) scores as measures of relationship and task motivation. For high-LPC persons only, perceived similarity of personality (study 1) and perceived similarity of values and attitudes (study 2) were related to attraction to the organization. The report seeks to integrate the literature on interpersonal attraction and on job satisfaction and suggests practical implications of the findings.