Organizational commitment and person-environment fit in six western countries
2005 (English)In: Organization Studies, ISSN 0170-8406, E-ISSN 1741-3044, Vol. 26, no 2, 249-270 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The connection between work environment and organizational commitment (OC) is investigated and compared across six western countries, using data from the 1997International Social Survey Program (ISSP). Differences in work environment are examined on two levels: (1) with reference to theoretical literature and empirical findings in comparative research and (2) with reference to how individuals perceive their workplace situation in relation to their personal evaluations of different workplace features (person-environment fit). Although no connection between work environment and OC is found when countries are compared on the basis of literature on the differences in the organization of production, the connection proves to be salient with respect to individual and group levels. The result suggests that the most important factor for OC in all countries is a job that the individual finds interesting. A control for job satisfaction makes it clear that the effect of finding the work interesting is independent of satisfaction with work. Other similarities and differences between the countries are also identified and discussed. New avenues for further comparative research are suggested.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Berlin: de Gruyter , 2005. Vol. 26, no 2, 249-270 p.
organizational commitment, production regimes, person-environment fit, work values, work rewards, job satisfaction
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-4178DOI: 10.1177/0170840605049800OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-4178DiVA: diva2:143169