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Title:The Consequences of Job Categorization
Author(s):Kulik, Carol Therese
Department / Program:Business Administration
Discipline:Business Administration
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Psychology, Industrial
Abstract:Previous research has observed differences in job perceptions and evaluations associated with differences in various features of the work environment (i.e., the social context, the physical and organizational setting, personal characteristics of the jobholder). This research attempts to identify the process by which job judgments are related to underlying job categorizations which represent jobholders' implicit job theories. Study 1 addressed the question of whether prompting alternative categorizations of jobs affect perceptions of the jobs' motivating potential. In two sets of conditions, subjects were provided with evaluatively neutral job information associated with alternative categorizations. A second factor varied the saliency of the categorization information. Study 2 considered the affective consequences of job categorization. Subjects read job descriptions which associated the job with one of two alternative job categorizations. An additional piece of information was then provided which was intended to evoke (a) category-based processing, (b) piecemeal processing, or (c) alternative-category processing of the information. Results of the two studies indicate that judgments of jobs' motivating potential are very dependent upon subjects' job categorizations. However, evaluative judgments appear to be more influenced by the evaluative content of the job information than by the categorization of the job.
Issue Date:1987
Description:300 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1987.
Other Identifier(s):(UMI)AAI8711823
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-12-15
Date Deposited:1987

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