WORKERS’ RELIGIOUS AFFILIATIONS AND ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOUR: AN EXPLORATORY STUDY

Ayim Seth Gyekye, Mohammad Haybatollahi

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    Abstract

    The increased and sustained importance of religion in the workplace has made
    religiosity an important area of interest in organizational psychology. The current study
    examined the impact of religion on organizational behaviour among three Ghanaian
    religious groups: Christianity, Islam, and Traditional African Religion. Workers
    affiliated with these groups were assessed with standardized research instruments that
    measured their perceptions of workplace safety, compliance with safety management
    procedures (safety behaviour), perceived organizational support (POS), job satisfaction,
    and participation in organizational citizenship behaviours (OCB). Their accident
    involvement during the past 12 months was also examined. Preliminary analyses with ANOVA indicated that workers affiliated with the Christian faith had the best
    perspectives on the organizational variables under study. Chi-square and MANOVA revealed that the results were due more to education and socio-economic factors than religious affiliation. After controlling for these confounding effects via multiple regressions, workers of all three religious groups indicated identical scores on the measured items. The results have implications for organizational behaviour and are discussed.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalInternational Journal of Organisational Behaviour
    Volume17
    Issue number4
    Pages (from-to)1-18
    Number of pages18
    ISSN1440-5377
    Publication statusPublished - 2012
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

    Bibliographical note

    Gyekye, S. A., & Haybatollahi, M. (2012). Workers’ religious affiliations and organizational behaviour: An exploratory study. International Journal of Organisational Behaviour, 17(4), 1-18.

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