Date of Award




Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Department of Psychology


Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Content Description

1 online resource (ii, 51 pages) : illustrations (some color)

Dissertation/Thesis Chair

Dev K Dalal

Committee Members

Jason G Randall


Multiple Identities, Organizational Attraction, Recruitment, Social Adjustment and Value Expression, Social Identity, Social Identity Concerns, Group identity, Social values, Organizational sociology, Organizational behavior, Identity (Psychology), Psychology, Industrial

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Social Identity Theory posits that people hold a social identity from which they derive meaning to groups and organizations they join. That individuals use group affiliation to serve social identity concerns is a hallmark of social identity theory. In these studies, two social identity concerns were tested, social adjustment and value expression, to examine if people could hold both or neither concerns simultaneously (study 1) and how they influenced attraction to organizations (study 2). For study 1, archival data was analyzed using latent class analysis to extract groups of respondents for different levels of social identity concerns. Five classes were found, including classes in which people held both or neither concerns as important. Study 2 analyzed individuals from a previous policy capturing study (Sassaman, Dalal, & Calvo, 2019) using multilevel modeling to assess if organization personality interacted with class membership to influence attraction. Results show certain class memberships were more attracted to some organizational personality traits than others. Results suggest that organizations can attract people who strongly identify with the organization based on specific signals the organization projects.

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