Psychological ownership: a review and research agenda

Dawkins, Sarah, Tian, Amy Wei, Newman, Alexander and Martin, Angela 2017, Psychological ownership: a review and research agenda, Journal of organizational behavior, vol. 38, no. 2, pp. 163-183, doi: 10.1002/job.2057.

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Title Psychological ownership: a review and research agenda
Author(s) Dawkins, Sarah
Tian, Amy Wei
Newman, AlexanderORCID iD for Newman, Alexander
Martin, Angela
Journal name Journal of organizational behavior
Volume number 38
Issue number 2
Start page 163
End page 183
Total pages 21
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Place of publication Chichester, Eng.
Publication date 2017-02
ISSN 0894-3796
Keyword(s) psychological ownership
Summary The concept of psychological ownership (PO) reflects a state in which individuals feel as though the target of ownership (e.g., job or organization) is theirs. In recent years, there has been an expansion of research linking PO with a range of desirable employee attitudes and behaviors. However, the theoretical foundations of the construct, its measurement, the factors that influence its development, and when and how it influences outcomes are areas of continued debate in the literature. In this article, we provide a narrative review of extant PO literature with the aim of developing a research agenda that encourages scholars to target opportunities for future research. In particular, we highlight the need for continued refinement of the conceptualization and measurement of PO, and development of its nomological network. In addition, we call for greater investigation of PO towards different objects or foci; examination of possible multilevel applications of PO research; identification of potential boundary conditions of PO; and exploration of the influence of culture and individual differences on the development and influence of PO. We also introduce alternative theoretical approaches for understanding and investigating PO. In doing so, we provide a roadmap for scholars to progress the development of the field.
Language eng
DOI 10.1002/job.2057
Field of Research 150310 Organisation and Management Theory
1503 Business And Management
1701 Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 970115 Expanding Knowledge in Commerce
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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