Handbook of Management Scales/Relational identification

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Relational identification (alpha = 0.84, 0.82)[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Based on different field samples, new measurements are developed for relational identification and collective identification, as two types of group identification (= employee identification developed in organizational workgroups).

Definition[edit | edit source]

When people’s experience within a workgroup plays an important role in shaping their self-concept, they develop identification with the workgroup (= group identification).

Relational identification refers to the extent to which one includes the connections and role relationships with group members in one’s self-concept.

Items[edit | edit source]

I feel strongly identified with this workgroup because ...

  • I frequently participate in the social events organized by this group. (0.73)
  • I share mutual respect with other members. (0.71)
  • I attend social occasions with other members on a regular basis. (0.68)
  • I coordinate my own work well with other members. (0.68)
  • I maintain a straightforward work relationship with other members. (0.68)
  • I communicate a lot with other members outside work. (0.67)
  • Other members are considerate of my non-work-related needs. (0.64)

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Comments[edit | edit source]

Strictly speaking, the word "because" in the introductory half-sentence makes the measurement of the items formative rather than reflective; this half-sentence might thus be re-worded in future studies. The mean of the scale was relatively large (study 1: 5.15, study 2: 5.47); given that a 7-point scale was used and the "ideal" mean of such a scale would be 4, words like "very" or "always" might be included in future studies to shift the mean towards this ideal value.

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