The study was supported by Coopsette. The authors thank the President and all cooperative members for their collaboration. A preliminary version of the paper was presented at the 15th general meeting of the European Association of Social Psychology (EASP), Opatija, Croatia, June 2008.
Social Identification and Sense of Community Among Members of a Cooperative Company: The Role of Perceived Organizational Values1
Article first published online: 1 FEB 2012
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Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 42, Issue 5, pages 1088–1113, May 2012
How to Cite
CICOGNANI, E., PALESTINI, L., ALBANESI, C. and ZANI, B. (2012), Social Identification and Sense of Community Among Members of a Cooperative Company: The Role of Perceived Organizational Values. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 42: 1088–1113. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.2011.00878.x
- Issue published online: 14 MAY 2012
- Article first published online: 1 FEB 2012
The aim of this study was to investigate, among members of a large cooperative company, the role of worker status (partner vs. employee), length of service, and cooperative values in influencing organizational identification (OI) and organizational sense of community (OSC). The study involved the totality of members of the cooperative (N = 805; 67.7% partners, 32.3% employees), who completed a self-administered questionnaire, measuring perceived cooperative values, OI, OSC, and, among partners, identification as a partner. The results indicate that partners, more than employees, perceived the cooperative as living up to its core values and scored higher on OI and OSC. The impact of worker status on OI and OSC was mediated by perceived cooperative values.