1st Edition

Commitment in Organizations Accumulated Wisdom and New Directions

Edited By Howard J. Klein, Thomas E. Becker, John P. Meyer Copyright 2009
    520 Pages
    by Routledge

    520 Pages
    by Routledge

    Commitment is one of the most researched concepts in organizational behavior. This edited book in the SIOP Organizational Frontiers series, with contributions from many scholars, attempts to summarize current research and suggests new directions for studies on commitment in organizations.

    Commitment is linked to other concepts ie. satisfaction, involvement, motivation, and identification and is studied across cultural lines. Both the individual and group levels of building and maintaining commitment are discussed.

    Series Foreword. Preface. Part 1. The Meaning and Relevance of Commitment. H.J. Klein, J.C. Molloy, J.T. Cooper, Conceptual Foundations: Construct Definitions and Theoretical Representations of Workplace Commitment. J.P. Meyer, Commitment in a Changing World of Work. M. Riketta, R.Van Dick, Commitment’s Place in the Literature. Part 2. Multiple Foci of Commitment. C. Vandenberghe, Organizational Commitments. T.E. Becker, Interpersonal Commitments. M.J. Neubert, C. Wu, Action Commitments. Part 3. Building and Maintaining Commitments. M.E. Bergman, J.K. Benzer, J.B. Henning, The Role of Individual Differences as Contributors to the Development of Commitment.  S.J. Wayne, J.A-M. Coyle-Shapiro, R. Eisenberger, R.C. Liden, D.M. Rousseau, L.M. Shore, Social Influences. P.M. Wright, R. Kehoe, Organizational Level Antecedents and Consequences of Commitment.  S.A. Wasti, Ç. Önder, Commitment across Cultures: Progress, Pitfalls and Propositions. Part 4. Methodological Issue and Challenges. S. Jaros, Measurement of Commitment. R.J. Vandenberg, L.J. Stanley, Statistical and Methodological Challenges for Commitment Researchers: Issues of Invariance, Change Across Time, and Profile Differences. Part 5. Integration and Future Directions. T.E. Becker, H.J. Klein, J.P. Meyer, Accumulated Wisdom and New Directions for Workplace Commitments.



    Howard J. Klein is a Professor of Management and Human Resources in the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University. He received his Ph.D. in organizational behavior and human resource management from Michigan State University. His research interests center on improving individual and team performance through the use of selection, socialization, commitment, goal setting, performance management, and training. Professor Klein has authored more than 40 articles and book chapters on these and other topics. Professor Klein has received awards for his research, teaching, and service. He serves on several editorial review boards including the Human Resources Management Review, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Organizational Behavior and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes. He is a fellow of Society for Industrial and has held elected positions in the HR Division of the Academy of Management and on the SHRM Foundation Board of Directors.

    Thomas E. Becker is a Professor of Management in the Lerner College of Business at the University of Delaware. He received his Ph.D. in industrial-organizational psychology from The Ohio State University in 1990. His primary research interests are employee commitment, integrity, motivation, job performance, and research methods. He has published in most of the better journals and some of the under-appreciated ones, and is currently on the editorial boards of Human Performance and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes. He has won several research and teaching awards but is most proud of the lofty title he held on his last sabbatical: the Belgian International Francqui Chair in the Human Sciences.

    John P. Meyer is a professor and chair of the graduate program in I/O psychology at The University of Western Ontario. His research interests include employee commitment, work motivation, leadership, and organizational change. He has published in leading journals in the fields of I/O psychology and management, and co-authored two books: Commitment in the Workplace and Best Practices: Employee Retention. He is a fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association, the American Psychological Association, and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and a member of the Academy of Management.

    "The organization of this volume is done with a clear conceptual structure including a theoretical focus on the commitment literature. It will offer the reader one up-to-date comprehensive picture of what we know about this topic and what we need to know with future research." – Robert Pritchard, University of Central Florida

    "The topic of commitment in organizations has received considerable attention in the organizational research literature in recent years. Consequently, this book is especially timely, as it brings together in one place a comprehensive and sympathetic coverage of the best available thinking and scholarship on this subject. Additionally, the multiple perspectives brought to bear on this topic provide a special plus of the book. This volume is definitely essential reading for graduate students or others who want to acquire in-depth knowledge of the subject matter, and also will be highly useful for those who plan to undertake their own research in this area." –Lyman W. Porter, University of California, Irvine

    "If you want to know about commitment- its meaning, measurement, manifestations, and the body research that underpins each of those- this is the ‘go-to’ source for current information and unanswered research questions." –Wayne F. Cascio, University of Colorado, Denver

    "Organizational commitment has been one of the more popular topics in organizational behavior in the past 20 years. The editors-some of the leading researchers on the topic-have assembled an impressive set of authors and chapters. The book not only provides a sorely needed review of the latest research, it considers many of the contextual, cultural, business, and environmental challenges to the commitment concept. I consider the book ‘must reading’ for any researcher interested in commitment, job attitudes, and attachment to the workplace." –Timothy A. Judge, University of Florida