Developing an instrument to measure objectivism

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© 2018 The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA. This article describes the development and validation of a scale specifically designed to measure one’s propensity for Objectivism. The scale developed in this article assesses metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, and politics. A three-stage process of scale development results in a multidimensional scale that largely supports Rand’s original conception of the construct in the United States and Lithuania. Several challenges are identified, including problems with select items referencing specific political preferences and addressing notions of a higher being. Prospects for future research are identified, including tests for associations between Objectivism and individual factors such as leadership style, organizational commitment, and job performance.

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Journal of Ayn Rand Studies

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