Work values ethic: A new construct for measuring work commitment.

Adela McMurray, Don Scott

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This study reviews recent research on work ethic constructs and the resultant development of a construct for measuring a work values ethic in an Australian manufacturing environment. The construct was tested for validity, using confirmatory factor analysis and was found to represent a valid measure. It was also tested for reliability using Cronbach's alpha and showed a satisfactory level of reliability in line with other previously developed measures for this construct. The findings suggest that, in an Australian manufacturing context, the Protestant Work Ethic (PWE) is not a valid construct and should be replaced by the Work Values Ethic (WVE) construct.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)505-509
Number of pages5
JournalThe Journal of American Academy of Business
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes


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