The power of words: Charting espoused organizational values

R H L Bourne, Mark Jenkins, Emma Parry

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We present an empirically derived framework of espoused organizational values, drawn from explicit value statements from the private, public and charity sectors. It provides a generalized structure for considering the alternative choices that firms have in framing their value priorities. This framework makes an important contribution to the field of organizational values as it is an integrated typology and taxonomy which provides a basis for conceptualizing and evaluating organizational as opposed to personal values, a distinction which is often blurred in the literature. We illustrate the usefulness of the framework by showing patterns of values between sectors at different levels.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAcademy of Management Proceedings 2014
PublisherAcademy of Management
Number of pages30
ISBN (Electronic)2151-6561
Publication statusUnpublished - 2014
EventAcademy of Management Annual Meeting - Philadelphia, United States
Duration: 1 Aug 20145 Aug 2014


ConferenceAcademy of Management Annual Meeting
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • Organizational values, shared values, espoused values, typology, taxonomy


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