The more we know; the less we know: the effects of interpersonal networks on employees misperception of peers preferences to utilize family-friendly benefits

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dc.contributor Whitman, Marilyn V.
dc.contributor Mills, Maura J.
dc.contributor Little, Laura
dc.contributor Paustian-Underdahl, Samantha C.
dc.contributor.advisor Halbesleben, Jonathon R. B.
dc.contributor.author Mandeville, Ashley
dc.date.accessioned 2017-07-28T14:12:20Z
dc.date.available 2017-07-28T14:12:20Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0002632
dc.identifier.other Mandeville_alatus_0004D_13018
dc.identifier.uri http://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/3229
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract Pluralistic ignorance is a situation in which individuals inaccurately perceive the attitudes of their peers within their work group to be different from their own and subsequently align their behavior with what they mistakenly believe are the attitudes of their peers. Prior research on has tended to focus on the consequences of pluralistic ignorance, including a recent study on family-friendly benefit utilization. This study seeks to examine the predictors of misperceptions, a key ingredient of pluralistic ignorance, in the context of peers’ preferences to utilize family-friendly benefits, using social network analysis. Specifically, this study examines the role of centrality on the degree to which central members misperceive their peers’ preferences over time and the degree to which their preferences influence the group over time. Further, this study examines how the overall network structure can suppress the relationship between centrality and misperceptions. Contrary to what one may assume, the more central an employee in their network, the greater their misperceptions of their peers’ preferences towards family-friendly benefit utilization. The results of this study imply that pluralistic ignorance is a possibility, even for work groups with close interpersonal relationships.
dc.format.extent 112 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Management
dc.title The more we know; the less we know: the effects of interpersonal networks on employees misperception of peers preferences to utilize family-friendly benefits
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. Dept. of Management and Marketing
etdms.degree.discipline Management
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level doctoral
etdms.degree.name Ph.D.


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