Espirit de corps

Espirit de corps

Organisations are made up of individuals. The concept of what the organisation is about also incorporates the concept of those that make up this organisation – the concept of self. A person’s self-concept can be constructed from a variety of identities, each of which evolves from membership in different social groups, such as those based on nationality or gender.

However due to the increasing complexity and fragmentation of social patterns many of these traditional moorings of identity are being eroded and therefore the sense of belonging to the work organisation has become increasingly important. Members vary in how much they identify with their work organisation. When they identify strongly with the organisation, the attributes they use to define the organisation also define them.

Morale, also known as "esprit de corps" when discussing the morale of a group, is an intangible term used for the capacity of people to maintain belief in an institution or a goal, or even in oneself and others.…..

When a person’s self-concept contains the same attributes as those in the perceived organisational identity, we define this cognitive connection as organisational identification. It is here that we can see the link between organisational identity and that of the members. Members vary in how much they identify with their work organisation and when they identify strongly with the organisation, the attributes they use to define the organisation also define them.