Cultural Impressions of Professionalism
53 Pages Posted: 6 Sep 2006
Date Written: September 2006
Two studies with working managers and corporate recruiters examined evidence that impressions of professionalism are influenced by cues of whether one appropriately minimizes personal referents at work, particularly within certain industrialized cultures. Study 1 showed that proportion of office objects symbolic of one's personal life differentiated the mental image of a professional versus unprofessional worker. This effect was moderated by experience living in the U.S., suggesting this standard for professionalism may be culturally bounded. Study 2 showed that for American but not foreign job candidates, adherence to this minimization ideology led to more favorable recruiting evaluations. Implications for cultural imprints on organizational dynamics are discussed.
Keywords: Artifacts, Symbols, Culture, Professionalism, Protestant Relational Ideology, Work, Non-work, Work-Family
JEL Classification: M00, M10
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