A social identity perspective on organizational citizenship behavior: Little room for discretion

Nancy L. Ras, Ibrahim Duyar

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Abstract

Organizational citizenship behaviors (OCB) are one category of extra-role behaviors considered discretionary. However, when such behaviors are viewed through the lens of social identity theory, OCB may be regarded as demanded by in-group membership and the process of social identification. As organizational socialization is facilitated by exhibiting group-repre-sentative behaviors, the performance of OCB may not be truly discretionary at all. Utilizing the bridge offered by social identity theory between the individual to group levels of analysis, this conceptual investigation will then argue that there is little room for discretion in the performance of OCB.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)93-119
Number of pages27
JournalRevue Internationale de Psychologie Sociale
Volume25
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Discretionary behavior
  • OCB
  • Organizational socialization
  • Psychological collectivism
  • Social identity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology

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