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Comportamento Organizacional e Gestão

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TEIXEIRA, Maria Luisa Mendes  and  DOMENICO, Silvia Marcia Russi de. Gestores brasileiros e portugueses: Estrutura única de valores de sentido de vida?. Comport. Organ. Gest. [online]. 2008, vol.14, n.1, pp.45-64. ISSN 0872-9662.

Understanding the meaning of life and the different meanings which individuals attribute to their lives are challenges which accompany the human being from their origins, helping them to deal with perplexities. Meanings of life can be regarded as values, once they orient the human being’s conduct, amenable to learning and sharing. This article was aimed at comparing the structure of values related to the meaning of life of Brazilian and Portuguese managers and to improve the comprehension of the similarities and differences between managers of two cultures - Brazilian and Portuguese - which have intertwined histories although with their own identity. Descriptive-Explanatory in nature, the research collected data through the application of scales of meaning-of-life values - VSV - to a sample of 187 Brazilian and 71 Portuguese managers, dealt with through multidimensional scaling. The results showed the existence of a single structure of meaning-of-life values for both samples, although with some subtle differences, with respect to the composition of the categories contemplated, which were interpreted based on the particularities of each culture. The structure found was made up of a radex composed of two concentric circles, where in the external it was found the meaningof-life value Spiritual Evolution, and in the internal a bi-dimensional polar structure contemplating the other categories theoretically forecasted: Human Solidarity versus Self-fulfilment, Relationship with Close People versus Personal Evolution.

Keywords : Values; values of meaning of life; brazilian managers; portuguese managers.

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