Campus Units

Management

Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Accepted Manuscript

Publication Date

6-2006

Journal or Book Title

Journal of Vocational Behavior

Volume

68

Issue

3

First Page

416

Last Page

431

DOI

10.1016/j.jvb.2005.10.002

Abstract

This study examines affective commitment to employing and client organizations among long-term contracted employees, a new and growing employment classification. Drawing on organizational commitment and social exchange literatures, we propose two categories of antecedents of employee commitment to client organizations. We tested our hypotheses using a survey collected from employees in four UK contracting organizations delivering a service on behalf of a government entity. The results suggest that perceived client organizational support and attractiveness of the client organization relate positively to employees’ affective commitment to the client organization. Furthermore, affective contractor commitment explained unique variation in client affective commitment beyond that accounted for by the client-based predictors, suggesting that employees’ commitment to their own contracting organization is important to explaining employees’ commitment to the client organization. We suggest that a greater reliance on social exchange theory may provide a basis for understanding commitment in its different forms and foci.

Comments

This article is from Journal of Vocational Behavior 68 (2006): 416–431, doi:10.1016/j.jvb.2005.10.002. Posted with permission.

Rights

This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Copyright Owner

Elsevier Inc.

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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