Title: Understanding the importance of work: the effects of work values and work-value congruence

Authors: Başak Uçanok

Addresses: Department of Communication, İstanbul Bilgi University, Santralistanbul Campus, Kazım Karabekir Cad., No. 1, 34060, Eyüp, İstanbul, Turkey

Abstract: The main purpose of this study is to understand the importance that is attached to work by analysing the link between work-related values and attitudes. In this respect, it is hypothesised that work values significantly predict work centrality and that this relationship is moderated by work-value congruence. Work-value congruence is conceptualised on the premise that different work values have varying degrees of influence on work centrality. It is proposed that as the distance between the act of working and the value it relates to (work-value congruence) differ, the relation between values and work centrality will change accordingly. In the study, work values have proved to act as an important predictor of work centrality. It is suggested that, work-value congruence be treated as an independent variable in future work-related research. The results are discussed along with gender differences for work values.

Keywords: importance of work; work centrality; work values; work-value congruence; gender differences.

DOI: 10.1504/EJCCM.2011.042675

European Journal of Cross-Cultural Competence and Management, 2011 Vol.2 No.1, pp.32 - 44

Published online: 11 Oct 2014 *

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