Research on territorial behaviors in organizations is an emerging field (Brown, Crossley, & Robinson, 2014). Current theoretical approaches to territoriality rely heavily on a psychological ownership perspective; however, there is a wealth of theory organizational scholars can integrate from other disciplines (Altman, 1975; Ardrey, 1965; Brown, Lawrence, & Robinson, 2005). The purpose of this dissertation is to integrate an evolutionary perspective into organizational scholarship to explore new antecedents of territoriality. This research draws upon uncertainty management theory to hypothesize a moderated-mediated model predicting territorial behaviors. A measurement instrument is developed to test territoriality and findings from a three-wave field study are presented. Theoretical implications for the construct are discussed and areas for future research are suggested.
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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
College of Business Administration
Business Administration; Management
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Doctoral Dissertation (Open Access)
Stein, Christopher, "When Fairness Fails: Using Territorial Behaviors to Cope with Uncertainty" (2021). Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2020-. 566.