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Toward a Theory of Psychological Ownership in Organizations

Jon L. Pierce, Tatiana Kostova and Kurt T. Dirks
The Academy of Management Review
Vol. 26, No. 2 (Apr., 2001), pp. 298-310
Published by: Academy of Management
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/259124
Page Count: 13
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Abstract

Building upon the observation that individuals feel ownership toward a variety of targets, we suggest that under certain conditions, organizational members can develop feelings of ownership toward the organization and various organizational factors. We define psychological ownership, identify its "roots" and the primary "routes" through which it develops, and propose certain organizational outcomes. We discuss the conceptual distinctiveness of psychological ownership from a set of related constructs and suggest some theoretical and managerial implications of our theory.

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