Accession Number : ADA112646

Title :   The Impact of Social Desirability on Organizational Behavior Research Results: An Empirical Investigation of Alternative Models,

Corporate Author : NEBRASKA UNIV LINCOLN DEPT OF MANAGEMENT

Personal Author(s) : Ganster,Daniel C ; Hennessey,Harry W ; Luthans,Fred

PDF Url : ADA112646

Report Date : Feb 1982

Pagination or Media Count : 26

Abstract : Three conceptual and statistical models are developed for the effects of social desirability (SD) response bias on organizational behavior research results. It is demonstrated with illustrative empirical examples how SD can act as (a) an unmeasured variable which produces spurious correlations between study variables, (b) a suppressor variable which hides relationships, or (c) a moderator variable which conditions the relationship between 2 other variables. It is recommended that SD effects be assessed, particularly in tests of hypotheses using self-inventories or ones involving the operation of implicit theories. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Behavior, *Social psychology, *Organizations, Statistical analysis, Mathematical models, Variables, Conflict, Roles(Behavior)

Subject Categories : Sociology and Law
      Psychology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE