Evaluating the multi-dimensional view of employee commitment: A comparative UK - Chinese study

Andy W. Chan, Feng Tong-Qing, Tom Redman, Ed SNAPE

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    This study evaluates the contribution of the multiple constituencies of commitment framework to the explanation of work attitudes and behaviours among samples of manufacturing workers in the United Kingdom (UK) and the People's Republic of China (PRC). Our findings suggest that the organization, the supervisor, co-workers and the union were seen by respondents as separate commitment foci. Consistent with the 'compatibility hypothesis', the relationship between commitment and outcome was stronger where the constituency focus was matched. However, the 'cultural hypothesis', on the greater salience of person- or group-based commitments in the PRC context, was generally not accepted. The findings are discussed in the light of the comparative cultural and industrial relations contexts of the two countries.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1873-1887
    Number of pages15
    JournalInternational Journal of Human Resource Management
    Issue number11
    Publication statusPublished - Nov 2006

    Scopus Subject Areas

    • Strategy and Management
    • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
    • Management of Technology and Innovation

    User-Defined Keywords

    • Cross-cultural research
    • Multiple commitments
    • People's Republic of China (PRC)


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