dc.contributor.author Thoresen, Thea Helene dc.contributor.author Andersen, Helene Margrethe dc.date.accessioned 2014-02-12T12:19:17Z dc.date.available 2014-02-12T12:19:17Z dc.date.issued 2014-02-12 dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11250/95129 dc.description Masteroppgave(MSc) in Master of Science in Leadership and Organizational Psychology - Handelshøyskolen BI, 2014 dc.description.abstract The current study explores the effects of emoticon use in organizational communication in a socio-psychological context. More specifically, we examined the effect emoticons have on a) targets perception of an agents competence, and b) a target's intention to act based on an agent`s request. We investigated the potential moderating effects of organizational roles, gender, and age. Through a pilot study and two experiments, we were able to detect a significant, negative relationship between the use of emoticons (presented as ―smileys‖) and how targets perceived the competence of an agent. The participants perceived the sender of an e-mail as less competent when emoticons were included in the e-mail relative to when they were not included. The relationship between use of emoticons and intention to act was not significant, nor did we find any significant results when the moderating variables were included. We did, however, detect some surprising observations concerning gender. The results revealed that men discriminate against women, and women discriminate against men, when it comes to perceptions of competence and intention to act, regardless of emoticon use. These observed tendencies contradict previous beliefs that female as well as male evaluators generally tend to discriminate against women. no_NO dc.language.iso eng no_NO dc.subject ledelse no_NO dc.subject organisasjonspsykologi no_NO dc.subject leadership no_NO dc.subject organizational psychology no_NO dc.title The effects of emoticons on perceived competence and intention to act no_NO dc.type Master thesis no_NO
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