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Handbook of Employee Commitment

Edited by John P. Meyer, Department of Psychology, Social Science Centre, University of Western Ontario, Canada
A high level of employee commitment holds particular value for organizations owing to its impact on organizational effectiveness and employee well-being. This Handbook provides an up-to-date review of theory and research pertaining to employee commitment in the workplace, outlining its value for both employers and employees and identifying key factors in its development, maintenance or decline.

Including chapters from leading theorists and researchers from around the world, this Handbook presents cumulated and cutting-edge research exploring what commitment is, the different forms it can take, and how it is distinct from related concepts such as employee engagement, work motivation, embeddedness, the psychological contract, and organizational identification.
Extent: 576 pp
Hardback Price: $310.00 Web: $279.00
Publication Date: 2016
ISBN: 978 1 78471 173 3
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  • Business and Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Organisational Behaviour
A high level of employee commitment holds particular value for organizations owing to its impact on organizational effectiveness and employee well-being. This Handbook provides an up-to-date review of theory and research pertaining to employee commitment in the workplace, outlining its value for both employers and employees and identifying key factors in its development, maintenance or decline.

Including chapters from leading theorists and researchers from around the world, this Handbook presents cumulated and cutting-edge research exploring what commitment is, the different forms it can take, and how it is distinct from related concepts such as employee engagement, work motivation, embeddedness, the psychological contract, and organizational identification. Examining topics such as high-commitment work systems, work attitudes and motivation, the Handbook provides integration with related literatures. Internationally applicable, sections also discuss the implications of culture differences for commitment and present the latest developments in research methods and analytic techniques that can be used to advance our understanding of commitment.

Comprehensive and engaging, the Handbook of Employee Commitment is essential reading for commitment scholars and researchers interested in the latest developments in the field as well as for international scholars who will benefit from its guidance on how to approach research in unique cultures. It will also prove of prime interest to managers and management consultants with its wealth of suggestions to guide evidence-based practice.
‘Workplace commitment has commanded the attention of established researchers for many years. Young, emerging scholars throughout the world are also drawn to this important topic. This Handbook does what a handbook should: it offers the latest thinking on commitment, its fundamental nature, its antecedents, its consequences, its targets, its measurement, and yes, even its “dark sides”. We learn too there are still many unanswered questions and controversies surrounding commitment. This volume provides the impetus to answer these questions and to advance our understanding of this captivating topic.’
– Paula C. Morrow, Iowa State University, US

‘This book is the most comprehensive examination of employee commitment in Eastern as well as Western cultures on the market. Hence, it will be of utmost interest to behavioral scientists as well as practitioners who work with international organizations’
– Gary Latham, University of Toronto, Canada

‘If you need a readable topographical map of commitment in organizations, this is the book. Thorough, clear, grounded in research, and multinational in its contributors, the Handbook is a valuable resource for scholars, students, and reflective practitioners. Reflecting both areas of agreement and divergence, the Handbook brings the reader up to speed on key issues for research and practice, and guides researchers toward important avenues for future study.’
– Denise M. Rousseau, Carnegie Mellon University, US
Contributors: S.L. Albrecht, N.J. Allen, B.K. Anderson, L.M. Arciniega, J. Barling, T.E. Becker, K. Bentein, M.E. Bergman, D.R. Bobocel, N.L. Bremner, C.T. Brinsfield, G. Caesens, A.C. Chris, L. Clark, A. Cohen, S. Datta, V.L. Dhir, O.J. Dineen, R. Eisenberger, J.A. Espinoza, J. Felfe, M. Gagné, D.G. Gallagher, I.R. Gellatly, Y. Griep, S.D. Hansen, L.M. Hedberg, M.R.W. Hamstra, B.C. Holtom, P. Horsman, J. Howard, V.A. Jean, K. Jiang, Z. Junhong, E.K. Kelloway, H.J. Klein, J. Koen, E.R. Maltin, B. Marcus, J.P. Meyer, N.A. Morelli, A.J.S. Morin, F. Mu, A. Newman, H. Park, E. Read, R.A. Roe, O.N. Solinger, H. Spence Laschinger, D.J. Stanley, F. Stinglhamber, M. Trivisonno, R. Van Dick, W. Van Olffen, A.E.M. Van Vianen, R.J. Vandenberg, C. Vandenberghe, D. Wang, S.A. Wasti, J. Wombacher

























Contents:

Introduction
1. Employee Commitment: An Introduction and Roadmap
J.P. Meyer

Part I Conceptualization of Commitment
2. Commitment as a Unidimensional Construct
H.J. Klein and H. Park

3. Commitment as a Multi-Dimensional Construct
N.J. Allen

4. Multiple Foci of Workplace Commitments
T.E. Becker

Part II Related Constructs
5. A Motivational Model of Employee Attachment to an Organization
M. Gagné and J. Howard

6. Organizational Commitment and Employee Engagement: 10 Key Questions
S.L. Albrecht and O.J. Dineen

7. Job Embeddedness, Employee Commitment and Related Constructs
B.C. Holtom

8. Organizational Identification
R. Van Dick

9. Psychological Contracts
S.D. Hansen and Y. Griep

Part III Foci of Commitment
10. Occupational Commitment
J.P. Meyer and J.A. Espinoza

11. Social commitments
C. Vandenberghe

12. The Rise, Decline, Resurrection, and Growth of Union Commitment Research
P. Horsman, D.G. Gallaghar and E.K. Kelloway

13. Action Commitments
J.P. Meyer and B.K. Anderson

Part IV Consequences of Commitment
14. Employee Turnover and Absenteeism
I.R. Gellatly and L.M. Hedberg


15. Employee Commitment and Performance
D.J. Stanley and J.P. Meyer

16. Counterproductive Work Behavior
B. Marcus

17. Employee Commitment and Well-being
A.C. Chris, E.R. Maltin and J.P. Meyer

18. Affective Consequences of Workplace Commitments
H.J. Klein and C.T. Brinsfield

Part V Drivers of Commitment
19. Individual Differences as Causes of the Development of Commitment
M.E. Bergman and V.A. Jean

20. Person-Environment Fits as Drivers of Commitment
A.E.M. van Vianen, M.R.W. Hamstra and J. Koen

21. Strategic Human Resource Management and Organizational Commitment
K. Jiang

22. Organizational Leadership and Employee Commitment
M. Trivisonno and J. Barling

23. Employee Empowerment and Organizational Commitment
Laschinger, E. Read and Z. Junhong

24. Perceived Organizational Support
F. Stinglhamber, G. Caesens, L. Clark and R. Eisenberger

25. Organizational Justice and Employee Commitment: A Review of Contemporary Research
D.R. Bobocel and F. Mu

Part VI Commitment across Cultures
26. Understanding Commitment Across Cultures
S.A. Wasti

27. Commitment in Europe
J. Felfe and J. Wombacher

28. Employee Commitment in China
A. Newman and D. Wang

29. An Examination of the Social-Institutional, Cultural, and Organizational Antecedents of Commitment in India
V.L. Dhir, N.L. Bremner and S. Datta

30. Commitment in the Middle East
A. Cohen

31. Organizational Commitment: A Latin American Soap Opera
L.M. Arciniega

Part VII Methodological Issues
32. A Contemporary Update on Testing for Measurement Equivalence and Invariance
R.J. Vandenberg and N.A. Morelli

33. Tracking Change in Commitment over Time: The Latent Growth Modeling Approach
K. Bentein

34. Capturing the process of committing: Design Requirements for a Temporal Measurement Instrument
W. van Olffen, O.N. Solinger and R.A. Roe

35. Person-Centered Research Strategies in Commitment Research
A.J.S. Morin

Part VIII Conclusion
36. Employee Commitment: A Back and Moving Forward
J.P. Meyer

Index