English title: Work Centrality, Work Hours, and Cultural Values among European Nations

Author(s): Charlotte Wittenkamp -

Language: English

Type: Thesis / dissertation

Year: 2006


This study examined the relationship between work centrality (England, 1991) and cultural values (Schwartz, 1992), as well as the relationship between work centrality and work hours among 15,489 individuals in 22 countries throughout Europe. Archival data from the European Social Survey (Jowell and the Central Coordinating Team, 2003) were used. Results indicate that work centrality differs between people in Northern/Western vs. Southern/Eastern Europe. It was also found that the strength of the relationship between work centrality and weekly work hours differs significantly between countries. Conservatism and Autonomy culture values might explain some of the differences in work centrality after weekly work hours are accounted for. Implications of these results for European organizations and the European work force are discussed.


Awarding institution: San Jose State University

Number of pages: 51

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