In Search of Values – Reporting from Eight Norwegian Organizations
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The article is an empirical report of how eight Norwegian organizations comprehend and practice their values. Discussing the concept of value and relevant analytical perspectives, the article proposes an approach to the study of values in organizations. Values are studied as espoused core concepts and in-use practices. The concept of intentionality is discussed, informing the value apprehension in organizations. Utilizing six dimensions of organizational life: environment, structure, primary activity, maintenance, change, and management, the relative influence of values to core organizational functions are examined. The eight organizations invest substantial efforts in maintaining employee value motivation. Reflections on influences by Norwegian environmental norms, values significance in primary activity, in structural power relations, to capacities of change, and managerial role, are to a lesser degree executed.