Managerial Values and Employee Commitment in a Cultural Context

Alas, R., Papalexandris, N., Niglas, K., and Galanaki, E. (2011). "Managerial Values and Employee Commitment in a Cultural Context," Transformations in Business & Economics, 10, 42-59.

19 Pages Posted: 11 Oct 2014

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Ruth Alas

Estonian Business School

Nancy Papalexandris

Athens University of Economics and Business

Eleanna Galanaki

Athens University of Economics and Business

Katrin Niglas

Tallinn University (TLU)

Date Written: October 10, 2014

Abstract

The current article is based on data from two phases of the Global Leadership and Organizational Behaviour (Globe) cross-cultural study. The research questions that this paper attempts to explore look at how cultural dimensions predict values held by top managers and how managerial values in their turn influence subordinates’ commitment. Our research indicates that the way managers consider economic indicators, corporate social responsibility (CSR) and fairness issues, could be predicted by cultural dimensions. Of all cultural dimensions studied, future orientation and humane orientation proved to be the best predictors for managerial values. On the other hand, the degree to which top managers value the welfare of the local community and nation, ethics and the economic effectiveness of their company, influences positively their employees’ motivation and organizational commitment. Results point to the universality of certain values and the need for top management to communicate them effectively in today’s global environment.

Keywords: values, commitment, culture, Estonia, Germany, Greece and Romania

JEL Classification: M14, D23, M19, P02

Suggested Citation

Alas, Ruth and Papalexandris, Nancy and Galanaki, Eleanna and Niglas, Katrin, Managerial Values and Employee Commitment in a Cultural Context (October 10, 2014). Alas, R., Papalexandris, N., Niglas, K., and Galanaki, E. (2011). "Managerial Values and Employee Commitment in a Cultural Context," Transformations in Business & Economics, 10, 42-59. . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2508123 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2508123

Ruth Alas

Estonian Business School ( email )

United States

Nancy Papalexandris

Athens University of Economics and Business ( email )

76 Patission Street
Athens, 104 34
GREECE

Eleanna Galanaki (Contact Author)

Athens University of Economics and Business ( email )

Athens
Greece
+30 210 8203473 (Phone)

Katrin Niglas

Tallinn University (TLU) ( email )

Uus-Sadama 5
Tallinn, DE 10120
Estonia

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