Dedicate Your Life to the Company! A Terror Management Perspective on Organizations

Eva Jonas, Simone Kauffeld, Daniel L Sullivan, Immo Fritsche

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Abstract

Terror management research has examined many institutions and beliefs, which provide people with a sense of psychological security against death awareness. However, one important area has yet to receive attention: the workplace. For many employees, corporate culture is not only connected to earning a salary, but also to a sense of security and even personal transcendence. We present evidence that pro-company judgments can serve as psychological defenses under existential threat. In Study 1, following mortality salience, employees gave a more favorable evaluation of the company-praising essay and a more negative evaluation of the critical one. In Study 2, employees and students at a German university were more likely to endorse aspects of organizational culture under mortality salience.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2858-2882
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume41
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2011
Externally publishedYes

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Dedicate Your Life to the Company! A Terror Management Perspective on Organizations. / Jonas, Eva; Kauffeld, Simone; Sullivan, Daniel L; Fritsche, Immo.

In: Journal of Applied Social Psychology, Vol. 41, No. 12, 12.2011, p. 2858-2882.

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Jonas, Eva ; Kauffeld, Simone ; Sullivan, Daniel L ; Fritsche, Immo. / Dedicate Your Life to the Company! A Terror Management Perspective on Organizations. In: Journal of Applied Social Psychology. 2011 ; Vol. 41, No. 12. pp. 2858-2882.
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