This paper reviews and integrates past research on personal values in work organizations, seeking to portray the role personal values play in shaping the choices and behavior of individuals in work settings. We start by addressing the role of values in the occupational choice people make. We then review research on the relationships of personal values to a variety of behaviors at work. We continue with discussing the multiple paths through which managers’ values affect the organizations and its members. In the last section, we address the interplay between organizational levels, and discuss the congruency between personal and organizational values and its implications for organizations and their employees. Together, the research reviewed indicates how the broadness and stability of values make them an important predictor of behavior at various levels of the organization. We end by discussing directions for future research on values in organizations.
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