Values are relevant to behavior at the organizational and personal levels. The examination of values is critical for furthering the development of knowledge that explains, predicts, and changes human action. This research investigated the association between personal values and organizational culture and the congruence of the two using person-organization fit theory to identify variables related to derailment among women in higher education. Using a quantitative approach, the study examined the perceptions of 99 women who hold senior level administrative positions at public doctoral research universities, primarily in the eastern region of the United States. The researcher hypothesized that the derailment of women leaders in public doctoral research universities would be associated with poor person-organization fit. This understanding would allow human resource practitioners and policy makers to create solutions that mitigate derailment outcomes for women. Understanding that the incongruence between the leader’s personal values and those of her organization may lead to her career going off track is an important part of Schein’s (2010) leadership theory. While limited relationships were discovered between personal values and organizational culture and derailment, the results of this study established the predicted relationship between P-O Fit and derailment. This relationship was not reported in previous research. Derailed women reported lower person-organization fit (M = 8.50, SD = 2.84) than did non-derailed women (M = 10.87, SD = 2.60). The difference was statistically significant, M-W U = 612.00, z = -4.05, p < .001 (two-tailed) and quite strong, as estimated by Cohen’s d = .87.
|Commitee:||Berry, Risha, Taylor, Kimberly A.|
|School:||The Chicago School of Professional Psychology|
|Department:||Business Psychology: Consulting Track|
|School Location:||United States -- Illinois|
|Source:||DAI-A 81/5(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Womens studies, Occupational psychology, Personality psychology, Higher Education Administration, Organizational behavior|
|Keywords:||Derailment, Higher education, Leadership, Organizational culture, Personal values, Person-organization fit|
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