Ethno-religious groups work values and ethics: the case of Jews, Muslims and Christians in Israel

Ethno-religious groups work values and ethics: the case of Jews, Muslims and Christians in Israel

By: Sharabi M.
Published in: International Review of Sociology
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Description: This study examines and compares, for the first time, the MOW (Meaning of Work) among Jews and Arabs (Muslims and Christ ians) in Israel and attempts to explain the similarities and the differences in work ethics among these ethno-religious groups. The MOW questionnaire was conducted on 898 Jewish, 215 Muslim and 103 Christian respondents who were currently working. The MOW dimensions were: economic orientation, entitlement norms, obligation norms, interpersonal relations orientation, intrinsic orientation and work centrality. The findings reveal significant differences in most of the MOW dimensions between the three religious groups. Overall, demographic factors partially explain the MOW differences. The MOW differences among the three groups can be explained mainly by cultural differences. Since there is mass Arab (Muslims and Christians) immigration from the Middle East to Europe this study provides a better understanding of their perceptions about work and their work values and ethics. The applications of the findings for organizations are discussed. © 2017 University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’.

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