You are hereHome › College of Education & Professional Studies (CEPS) › Department of Research and Advanced Studies › Schutts, Joshua › “ I Pledge to Thee” Style APAChicagoHarvardIEEEMLATurabian Choose the citation style. Schutts, J. W. (2015). “ I Pledge to Thee”: The Sinister Side of Organizational Attachment. Download PDF “ I Pledge to Thee” Details Title “ I Pledge to Thee”: The Sinister Side of Organizational Attachment Contributor(s) Schutts, Joshua W. (author) Date 2015 Abstract When men join a fraternity, their peers and communities identify them within that social context. Soon after, a socio-emotional process of identification proliferates between the member and organization. At that point, a member may be prone to unethical acts that benefit the chapter (i.e. unethical pro-organizational behaviors). As time passes, members experience ceremonies that elicit obligation and obedience. Ongoing education around norms, values, standards, and expectations ensues, propagating commitment to the organization (i.e. a desire to remain in the chapter). Eventually, identification and commitment coalesce into a broader form of attachment to both the organization and its members. This inexorable linkage emerges because of subjective perceptions of fit (i.e. value congruence), shared social experiences, identities, and exchanges. Some of these linkages result in actions that may be positive and constructive, while others may take a more sinister form (e.g. hazing, policy/legal violations, badmouthing).