Why and when organizational culture fosters affective commitment among knowledge workers: the mediating role of perceived psychological contract fulfilment and moderating role of organizational tenure

Jean Lee, Flora CHIANG, Emmy van Esch, Zhenyao Cai*

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    Abstract

    Drawing on Denison and Mishra (1995)’s framework of organizational culture, this study examines why and when organizational culture is related to knowledge workers’ affective commitment. Data were collected from 640 employees working in three high-technology companies in China. The findings indicate that the relationship between organizational culture and affective commitment is mediated by perceived psychological contract fulfilment. In addition, organizational tenure moderates the relationship between two external dimensions (i.e. adaptability and mission) of organizational culture and perceived psychological contract fulfilment. This study extends the current theoretical framework of organizational culture by demonstrating the underlying mechanism and the boundary condition of the relationship between organizational culture and affective commitment. The findings also provide practical implications for international managers to design appropriate human resource management policies and practices in China.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1178-1207
    Number of pages30
    JournalInternational Journal of Human Resource Management
    Volume29
    Issue number6
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 26 Mar 2018

    Scopus Subject Areas

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

    User-Defined Keywords

    • affective commitment
    • China
    • Organizational culture
    • organizational tenure
    • psychological contract fulfilment

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