Occupational Work Ethic Inventory

by Ezekiel Heikkinen, July 2015

600 words

2 pages


Occupational Work Ethic Inventory is developed to evaluate the level of our ethical ability to accept desirable jobs. Once we indicate our sex, age, planned occupation, level of education and reason for taking inventory, we will answer many additional questions related to our self-esteem and features of character. There must be certain understanding of the fact that we are able to disclose all the peculiarities of the character only after having revealed all the things mentioned above. After submission, we will know our weak points and will strive to improve them for our own sake.

We know that Max Weber and his theory of rationalization were totally based upon specific, systematic, empirical and historical research. According to him, human understanding is the best way of learning a profession. Furthermore, such studies need to be connected with individual experiences, interactions and actions that would display the relevant outcome.

In terms of this, we believe that Weber would analyze Occupational Work Ethic Inventory as rather ineffective due to its generalization and lack of reference to personal practice. From OWEI, we see that a person is evaluated due to short replies to various general or abstract notions about a person or indicated post like ‘intriguing’, ‘creative’, ‘challenging’ or ‘admirable’. What we can finally say about OWEI is that it is biased and followed by common standards, failing to ask for individual skills and interests (Brauchle, 2009). The fact that it corresponds to reality is beyond any possible doubt. Respectively, we cannot but claim this statement to be straightforward and not controversial.

Instead of testing area awareness, compliance of qualifications and personal experiences, it only questions our perceptions and produces subjective and general results. And this leads to an argument that Occupational Work Ethic Inventory is only a social tool used like a psychological test to reveal some general things, which totally contrasts to Weber’s model about the rise of capitalism, where Calvinist religious ideas were thought to fuel capitalism as an economic system in all societies (Weber, 1991).


Brauchle, P. (2009). Revisiting the Occupational Work Ethic Inventory: A Classical Item

Analysis. Illinois State University.

Petty, G. (1993). Occupational Work Ethic Inventory.

HYPERLINK "http://workethic.coe.uga.edu/cgi-bin/new_owei/owei.pl" http://workethic.coe.uga.edu/cgi-bin/new_owei/owei.pl

Weber, M. (1991). The Nature of Social Action. Weber: Selections in Translation,

Cambridge University …

Download will start in 20 seconds


Note that all papers are meant for inspiration and reference purposes only! Do not copy papers in full or in part. Papers are provided by other students, who hold the copyright for the content of those papers. All papers were submitted to TurnItIn and will show up as plagiarism if you try to submit any part of them as your own work. Assignment Lab can not guarantee the quality of the user generated content such as sample papers above.