Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 97, Issue 4, pp 535–541

Another Look at the Impact of Personal and Organizational Values Congruency


DOI: 10.1007/s10551-010-0530-1

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Posner, B.Z. J Bus Ethics (2010) 97: 535. doi:10.1007/s10551-010-0530-1


This study re-examined the impact of personal and organizational values congruency on positive work outcomes and investigated the extent to which this relationship is affected by demographic variables. Data collection paralleled an earlier study (Posner and Schmidt, Journal of Business Ethics 12, 1993, 341) and validated those findings, lending additional credibility to the continuing importance of this phenomenon. Both personal values congruence and organizational values clarity were significantly related to commitment, satisfaction, motivation, anxiety, work stress, and ethics using a cross-sectional sample of 711 managers from across the United States. Gender, educational level, and functional area did not impact these relationships, although years of experience (expressed by age, managerial experience, and hierarchical level) did make a difference.

Key words

managerial valuesorganizational values clarityperson–organization fitpersonal valuescongruencyshared valuesvalues

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Santa Clara UniversitySanta ClaraU.S.A.