Title: Objecting authority: a multi-cultural assessment of non-capitalistic work values

Authors: Ben Bulmash

Addresses: Faculty of Technology Management, Holon Institute of Technology (HIT), 52 Golomb St., Holon, 58102, Israel

Abstract: Organisations in developed countries are often submerged in capitalistic ideals, where the 'bottom line' mentality promoted by leading financial institutions direct all decision making and work activities. Individuals, nonetheless, may choose jobs and employers, and be motivated to work for a variety of reasons that may not correspond to corporate capitalistic ideals. Although individuals may not be fully aware of their incongruent needs and values, these preferences nonetheless could entail potentiality for work disruptions in the form of everyday resistance. In this work, I study the relationship between employees' organisational fit based on capitalistic ideals and attitude toward following supervisor's work instructions in five OECD countries. Workers' responses depict a workforce in which non-capitalistic ideals strongly compete with the capitalistic value system. Employees' value incongruence shows to result in undesirable organisational outcomes, which according to the study findings, could possibly be avoided by organisations and societies as a whole.

Keywords: capitalism; non-capitalistic work values; obedience; authority; person-organisation fit; resistance; OECD; value congruence.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBG.2021.113789

International Journal of Business and Globalisation, 2021 Vol.27 No.4, pp.451 - 466

Received: 06 Apr 2018
Accepted: 14 Oct 2018

Published online: 31 Mar 2021 *

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