The purpose of this study was to investigate the topic of altruism in the recent research literature of the public, private, and non-profit sectors. The top twenty most cited articles of each of the three sectors from 1995 to 2014 were retrieved from the Web of Science Journal Citation Report database and reviewed. Data was accumulated for content analysis of trends of publishing, changing industry viewpoints on altruism, and how altruism is referenced in these articles in each sector. With the results of the literary analysis, altruism can be considered a developable skill by organizations and that it can be encouraged through networking between the sectors. Altruism is also demonstrated to be more common in the nonprofit sector, based on nonprofit’s unique ability to attract people with higher altruistic attitudes, but altruism and other forms of altruism are also very prevalent in the public and private sectors.

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