The Potential Role of Organizational Setting in Creating 'Entitled' Employees: An Investigation of the Antecedents of Equity Sensitivity

Employee Responsibilities and Rights Journal, Vol. 22, pp. 133-145, 2010

Mays Business School Research Paper No. 2012-6

15 Pages Posted: 27 Jan 2012

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Mark V. Roehling

Michigan State University

Patricia V. Roehling

Hope College

Wendy R. Boswell

Texas A&M University - Department of Management

Date Written: October 1, 2009

Abstract

Abstract Existing research suggests that the equity sensitivity construct has both theoretical significance and applied value. This study investigates the antecedents of equity sensitivity, focusing on the relationships among organizational setting, personal characteristics (age, sex, work experience), organization tenure, and equity sensitivity. Results based on survey data from 613 individuals employed in ten diverse organizations suggest that organizational setting influences equity sensitivity levels among employees, Evidence of a significant relationship between age and equity sensitivity is also found. However, the relationship between organizational tenure and equity sensitivity found in previous studies is not replicated when adequate controls are included. Theoretical and practical implications of the findings are discussed.

Keywords: equity sensitivity, employment relationship

Suggested Citation

Roehling, Mark V. and Roehling, Patricia V. and Boswell, Wendy R., The Potential Role of Organizational Setting in Creating 'Entitled' Employees: An Investigation of the Antecedents of Equity Sensitivity (October 1, 2009). Employee Responsibilities and Rights Journal, Vol. 22, pp. 133-145, 2010; Mays Business School Research Paper No. 2012-6. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1992048

Mark V. Roehling (Contact Author)

Michigan State University ( email )

Agriculture Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824-1122
United States

Patricia V. Roehling

Hope College ( email )

United States

Wendy R. Boswell

Texas A&M University - Department of Management ( email )

430 Wehner
College Station, TX 77843-4218
United States

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