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Measuring loyalty: Developing a psychometric scale for an ambiguous virtue
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology, Work and organizational psychology.
2019 (English)In: Abstract Book of the 19th European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology Congress: Working for the greater good - Inspiring people, designing jobs and leading organizations for a more inclusive society, 2019, p. 2030-2030, article id 1434Conference paper, Poster (with or without abstract) (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Purpose: In many organizations, loyalty towards the organization and the organizational goals is a highly desired virtue. The vague and sometimes romanticized definitions of loyalty makes the phenomenon difficult both to define and to measure. The present study evaluates a measure of loyalty developed for the military context.

Design/Methodology: Four preliminary dimensions of loyalty were derived from a thematic analysis of interviews with 10 top military managers within the Swedish armed forces. A questionnaire developed on basis of these dimensions was developed, and then pilottested using exploratory factor analysis. The resulting measure will be tested using confirmatory factor analysis in a military unit preparing for an international peacekeeping mission in Mali.

Results: The analyses are ongoing. After the initial pilot test with 160 military officers attending a course at the Swedish Defence University the four main latent variables were defined as: Loyalty and Self-sacrificial attitude (6 items); Loyalty and Extended actions (6 items); Loyalty and Whistleblowing (6 items); Loyalty and Duty (10 items).

Limitations: The sample sizes so far are limited (150-200 participators). Further studies using larger sample sizes are necessary to validate the generalizability of the scale.

Implications: This study contributes to a better understanding of the conception of loyalty within organizations that operate in extreme contexts.

Originality: While there exist many measures of loyalty to organizations, this one of few studies developing a scale for the conception of loyalty in military settings.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019. p. 2030-2030, article id 1434
Keywords [en]
loyalty, military context, sacrificial attitude, extended actions, whistleblowing, duty
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Psychology
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-174816OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-174816DiVA, id: diva2:1360125
Conference
19th European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology Congress, Turin, Italy, May 29-June 1, 2019
Available from: 2019-10-11 Created: 2019-10-11 Last updated: 2019-10-14Bibliographically approved

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