To be(long) or not to be(long): social identification in organizational contexts

Rolf van Dick, Ulrich Wagner, Jost Stellmacher, Oliver Christ, Patrick A. Tissington

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In the past few years, ideas of Social Identity Theory and Self-Categorization Theory have been successfully applied to the organizational domain. In this article, the authors provide an overview of these recent developments and present a concept of social identification in organizational contexts, based on these theories. The assumptions of this framework are that (a) social identification in organizational contexts is a multifaceted concept consisting of different dimensions and foci (or targets), (b) higher levels of identification are related to higher productivity and more positive work-related attitudes, and (c) identification is a very flexible concept that is linked to the situational context. The authors present the results of a series of field and laboratory studies in which the proposed relationships are analyzed and, in the main, confirmed. Copyright © 2006 Heldref Publications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)189-218
Number of pages30
JournalGenetic, Social and General Psychology Monographs
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2005


  • commitment
  • organizational identification
  • social identity


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