Event Title

The Role of Power and Thoughtfulness in Gift Giving

Location

Parker-Reed, SSWAC

Start Date

1-5-2014 2:00 PM

End Date

1-5-2014 3:00 PM

Project Type

Poster- Restricted to Campus Access

Description

The presented research experiment attempts to establish an association between the type of gift and the power dynamic between individuals involved in a gift exchange. The purpose of our investigation is to examine the effects of various power relationships on social acceptance of receiving a gift from a co-worker during the holiday season. It was predicted that the position within the relationship, whether it be boss or subordinate, would affect the level of appropriateness identified by the receiver. In particular, it was expected that receiving an impersonal gift, compared to a personal gift, in the higher power position would be more acceptable, while receiving an impersonal gift in the lower power position would be more expected and a personal gift would be highly inappropriate in comparison.

Faculty Sponsor

Martha Arterberry

Sponsoring Department

Colby College. Psychology Dept.

CLAS Field of Study

Social Sciences

Event Website

http://www.colby.edu/clas

ID

229

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The Role of Power and Thoughtfulness in Gift Giving

Parker-Reed, SSWAC

The presented research experiment attempts to establish an association between the type of gift and the power dynamic between individuals involved in a gift exchange. The purpose of our investigation is to examine the effects of various power relationships on social acceptance of receiving a gift from a co-worker during the holiday season. It was predicted that the position within the relationship, whether it be boss or subordinate, would affect the level of appropriateness identified by the receiver. In particular, it was expected that receiving an impersonal gift, compared to a personal gift, in the higher power position would be more acceptable, while receiving an impersonal gift in the lower power position would be more expected and a personal gift would be highly inappropriate in comparison.

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