M.Sc Thesis

M.Sc StudentCohavi Ifat
SubjectThe Development of Global Identity in the Global Work
DepartmentDepartment of Industrial Engineering and Management
Supervisor PROFESSOR EMERITUS Miriam Erez
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The process of globalization impacts countries, organizations, teams, and individuals. One of the interesting impacts of the globalization process, in the field of psychology, is its effect on the individual's global identity.

The objectives of the present study were to define global identity based on the Social Identity Theory (SIT), empirically examine its' distinctiveness from local identity and explore which factors are related to it. Five factors were examined: a) involvement in global activities b) personality traits c) workplace type d) national culture and e) biographic background. Participants in this field study were 293 part time MBA students, from four countries - USA, Israel, Italy, and Hong Kong.

Results demonstrated that overall, local and global identities are two separate identities, meaning that one can hold both identities in parallel. Furthermore, the factors mentioned above were found to be related to the global identity: Individuals working in global companies, who are involved in global activities, and are open, are more likely to hold a global identity.  The contribution of this study is in understanding the construct of global identity and in demonstrating that people working in the global work context develop a sense of connection to other people around the globe.