Rokeach’s Instrumental and Terminal Values As Descriptors of Modern Organisation Values

International Journal of Organizational Leadership 5(2016) 151–161

11 Pages Posted: 27 Feb 2019

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Krista Tuulik

Tallinn University of Technology (TUT)

Tauno Õunapuu

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Karin Kuimet

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Eneken Titov

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: 2016

Abstract

Many authors have created different tools to measure or estimate organisational culture. Among the possibilities, they emphasize the use of organisational values. One of the most well-known values classifications is Rokeach’s (1973) terminal and instrumental values. Although this classification has been developed more than 40 years ago, the theory is still a basis for many modern studies. The aim of our study is to find out whether Rokeach’s values are still valid and relevant in modern organisational cultures or not. Almost 150 representatives of Estonian organisations were questioned in order to find out which Rokeach’s values they perceive to be in use in their organisations. According to the results, general ethical values as instrumental values were named least frequently and just one of the terminal values was not named at all – salvation. Rokeach’s values lists are not sufficiently relevant enough today to measure and describe the wide and colorful variety of values.

Suggested Citation

Tuulik, Krista and Õunapuu, Tauno and Kuimet, Karin and Titov, Eneken, Rokeach’s Instrumental and Terminal Values As Descriptors of Modern Organisation Values (2016). International Journal of Organizational Leadership 5(2016) 151–161, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3331838

Krista Tuulik (Contact Author)

Tallinn University of Technology (TUT) ( email )

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Tallinn, 12618
Estonia

Tauno Õunapuu

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Karin Kuimet

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Eneken Titov

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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