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Wisdom and organizational citizenship behavior in leaders
by Najoli, Herman Jumba, Ed.D., Indiana Wesleyan University, 2012, 244; 3567715
Abstract (Summary)

The status of wisdom in leadership discourse has been elevated as organizations seek solutions to multidimensional challenges that have led to corporate collapses and the derailment of leaders. The study of wisdom has ancient foundations but its measurement as an organizational leadership construct is relatively new. Recent research has led to the view and operationalization of wisdom as an attribute integrating the cognitive, affective, and reflective dimensions of human performance and behavior (Ardelt, 2003).

This quantitative study explored correlations between wisdom and organizational citizenship behavior (OCB) at the individual level of analysis. The hypothesized association was examined using data collected on wisdom as conceptualized by Ardelt (2003) and OCB as defined by Organ (1988). Respondents ( n=193) were selected from an online panel of leaders from organizations across America and invited to complete Ardelt's (2003) three-dimensional wisdom scale (3D-WS) and the OCB scale (Podsakoff, MacKenzie, Moorman, & Fetter, 1990) for analysis of the conjectured relationship.

Results indicated that leader wisdom, as defined in the integrative approach, and leader OCB have a significant and moderately strong positive correlation. Implications include the need for a proper value of the role of both concepts for leadership and organizational practices. The measurement of wisdom is crucial in organizations and more research is recommended in future studies.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Ludden, LaVerne L.
Commitee: Rojas, Harriet, Thompson, Robert S.
School: Indiana Wesleyan University
Department: Organizational Leadership
School Location: United States -- Indiana
Source: DAI-A 74/10(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Organizational behavior
Keywords: 3-Dimensional Wisdom Scale, Leadership, Organizational Citizenship Behavior Scale (OCB), Wisdom
Publication Number: 3567715
ISBN: 978-1-303-19805-2
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