Territoriality in organizations

Brown, Graham, Lawrence, Thomas B. and Robinson, Sandra L. (2005) Territoriality in organizations. Academy of Management Review, 30 (3). pp. 577-594.


Territorial feelings and behaviors are important, pervasive, and yet largely overlooked aspects of organizational life. Organizational members can and do become territorial over physical spaces, ideas, roles, relationships, and other potential possessions in organizations. We examine how territorial behaviors are used to construct, communicate, maintain, and restore territories in organizations. We then go on to discuss the organizational consequences of these behaviors, including their effects on organizational commitment, conflict, preoccupation, and individual isolation.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Organizational behavior, human territoriality, industrial organization, industrial psychology, social groups, organizational commitment, job performance, personal belongings, territoriality (zoology), labor turnover, organizational research, communication in organizations
Subject(s): Strategy; Entrepreneurship & Global business
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2015 12:42
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2016 17:17
Funders: N/A
URI: http://eureka.sbs.ox.ac.uk/id/eprint/5559

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