The Factorial Structure of the Meaning of Working

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The structure of the Meaning of Working (MO W) was empirically analyzed through factor analysis. Interviews were conducted with samples from ten occupational groups, as well as a representative sample of the labor force, to determine the dimensions constituting the structure of work meanings. The original 39 variables resulted in 13 interpretable factors which were categorized into the following work domains: centrality of work as a life role, societal norms about working, valued work outcomes, importance of work goals, and work role identification. An unexpected domain, consisting of nonwork areas of life, also emerged as significant.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)595-614
Number of pages20
JournalHuman Relations
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1986

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Funding Information:
1 The research was supported by a grant from the United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF), Jerusalem, Israel.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • General Social Sciences
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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