Title

Reconceptualizing workplace commitment to redress a stretched construct: Revisiting assumptions and removing confounds

Department/School

Management

Date of this version

1-2012

Document Type

Article

Keywords

commitment, organization, management, bonds, responsibility, process

Abstract

To better understand the workplace commitments experienced by organizational members, we reconceptualize commitment to highlight its distinctiveness and improve its applicability across all workplace targets. We present a continuum of psychological bonds and reconceptualize commitment as a particular type of bond reflecting volitional dedication and responsibility for a target. We then present a process model applicable to any workplace target to bring clarity, consistency, and synergy to the research and management of workplace commitments.

Published in

Academy of Management Review

Citation/Other Information

37, 130-151.