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ERIC Number: ED026738
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Feb-9
Pages: 10
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Authenticity, Role Distance, and Organizational Climate: Toward a Conceptual Clarification.
Brumbaugh, Robert B.
The literature in organizational climate research lacks information regarding the empirical use of the concept of authenticity. This is primarily due to the lack of an appropriate operational definition for the variable, even though it has received much interdisciplinary interest. One possible means of clarifying the authenticity concept to make it empirically operational is to link it to role theory, especially to the concept of role distance. From this perspective, authenticity may be conceptualized as some point on the role distance continuum ranging from behavior perceived as expressing complete embracement of a particular role through behavior perceived as expressing complete alienation from a particular role. This conceptualization of authenticity does have support from the literature. If role distance can be accepted as defining one possible dimension of authenticity, then two means of operationalizing this aspect of authenticity are suggested: (1) Measure the frequencies of behavioral slips in a situated role in situated activity systems, and (2) determine the amount of time an actor is perceived as behaving "out of role" as compared to "in role" in a situated activity system. (HW)
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, Illinois, February 9, 1968).