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Building a World-Class Civil Service for Twenty-First Century India$
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S.K. Das

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780198068662

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198068662.001.0001

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Identification with the Organization

Identification with the Organization

(p.204) Fifteen Identification with the Organization
Building a World-Class Civil Service for Twenty-First Century India


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When members of an organization identify their interests with those of their organization, they show commitment to its objectives. Identification with the organization gives members a purpose and a sense of belonging, as well as a degree of self-discipline that motivates them to support the organization in achieving its goals. In the context of civil service, such an identification is known as esprit de corps. In India, the civil service has forfeited esprit de corps which it itself created and nurtured. During the colonial period, esprit de corps was developed and nurtured by the Indian Civil Service that was eventually succeeded by the Indian Administrative Service. This chapter examines how India can promote esprit de corps in the civil service.

Keywords:   esprit de corps, identification, purpose, sense of belonging, self-discipline, achieve goals, Indian Civil Service, Indian Administrative Service

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