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In the present study, the aim was to examine the predictors of perceived counterproductive work behaviors (PCWB) by employees. The proximal variables of personality characteristics and individual values and the distal organizational variables were included in the research to study the predictors of PCWB in a comprehensive fashion. Self-control, agreeableness and conscientiousness were hypothesized as the personality predictors, of universalism, benevolence, conformity and tradition under the frame of self-transcendence and conservation values were hypothesized as the individual values predictors, and organizational uncertainty avoidance (defined as clarity of organizational rules and procedures) and overall organizational justice climate were hypothesized as the organizational predictors of PCWB. Perceived counterproductive work behaviors were included the sub-dimensions of abuse, theft, withdrawal and sabotage. Analyses were conducted with 220 working adults. The results of regression analyses revealed that self-control, conscientiousness, self-transcendence values and organizational uncertainty avoidance significantly predicted all sub-dimensions and the PCWB composite, whereas conservation values predicted the theft, withdrawal sub-dimensions together with the compoiste PCWB. On the other hand, agreeableness and overall organizational justice variables did not predict any of the criteria. In addition to regression analyses, dominance analyses were conducted to reveal the relative contributions of individual values. The findings and implications of the study were discussed.


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Citation Formats
H. Ağca, “Individual and organizational predictors of perceiving workplace behaviors as counterproductive,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2014.