Values Work: A Process Study of the Emergence and Performance of Organizational Values Practices
University of Alberta - Department of Strategic Management and Organization
Linda K. Trevino
Smeal College of Business
Pennsylvania State University
October 5, 2012
Academy of Management Journal, Forthcoming
University of Alberta School of Business Research Paper No. 2013-11
Existing cognitive and cultural perspectives on values have under-theorized the processes whereby values come to be practiced in organizations. We address this lacuna by studying the emergence and performance of what we call values practices. Drawing on an analysis of the development of an honor code within a large business school, we theorize the multiple kinds of values work involved in dealing with pockets of concern, knotting local concerns into action networks, performing values practices, and circulating values discourse. We conclude by discussing some opportunities and challenges that values work implies for future organizational scholarship.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 63
Keywords: values work, actor-network theory, practice theory, values practices
JEL Classification: A13, M14, L31Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: April 1, 2012 ; Last revised: May 18, 2013
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