Aligning Values with Employer Can Lead to Promotion
“In mission-driven companies — companies like Whole Foods Market or REI — the people who emerge as leaders are more than just nice guys. They are the ones who embrace the mission and values of the organization,” says Stuart Bunderson, PhD, the George and Carol Bauer Professor of Organizational Ethics & Governance at Olin Business School and co-author of the study.
“But the belief has to be real,” Bunderson says “Faking a value system that aligns with your employer won’t work.”
The researchers tested their hypotheses in two organizations, a for-proﬁt business and a not-for-proﬁt service organization that explicitly embrace a social cause as part of their missions. They found that positions of status and influence more often went to the “true believers.”
The study, which is scheduled to appear in the management journal Organization Science, was co-authored by Bunderson with BYU professors John Bingham, Jeffery Thompson, and Jeffrey Bednar and Ohio State University’s James Oldroyd. •