Multiple commitments in the Chinese context: Testing compatibility, cultural, and moderating hypotheses

Ed Snape, Andy W. Chan, Tom Redman

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    Abstract

    This paper evaluates the contribution of the multiple constituencies of commitment framework in explaining work attitudes and behaviors in a sample of Chinese manufacturing workers. Findings suggest that the organization, the supervisor, and co-workers were seen by respondents as separate commitment foci. Although the various commitments were moderately positively correlated, they were related differently to the dimensions of organizational citizenship behavior and withdrawal cognitions, in a way which provides support for the “compatibility” hypothesis. There was only limited support for our “cultural” hypothesis. An analysis of interactions between commitments suggested that commitment to supervisor was a stronger positive predictor of protecting company resources and interpersonal harmony when commitment to work group was lower, providing partial support for our moderating hypotheses.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)302-314
    Number of pages13
    JournalJournal of Vocational Behavior
    Volume69
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2006

    User-Defined Keywords

    • multiple commitment
    • organizational citizenship behavior
    • withdrawal cognitions

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