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Affective commitment and job satisfaction among non-family employees: Investigating the roles of justice perceptions and psychological ownership

Philipp Sieger, Fabian Bernhard and Urs Frey

Journal of Family Business Strategy, 2011, vol. 2, issue 2, 78-89

Abstract: Due to numerous characteristics often attributed to family firms, they constitute a unique context for non-family employees' justice perceptions. These are linked to non-family employees' pro-organizational attitudes and behaviors, which are essential for family firms' success. Even though scholarly interest in non-family employees' justice perceptions has increased, more research is still needed, also because the mechanism connecting justice perceptions and favorable outcomes is not fully understood yet. We address this gap by explicitly investigating non-family employees' justice perceptions and by introducing psychological ownership as a mediator in the relationships between justice perceptions (distributive and procedural) and common work attitudes (affective commitment and job satisfaction). Our analysis of a sample of 310 non-family employees from Germany and German-speaking Switzerland reveals that psychological ownership mediates the relationships between distributive justice and affective commitment as well as job satisfaction. This represents valuable contributions to family business research, organizational justice and psychological ownership literature, and to practice.

Keywords: Commitment; Job; satisfaction; Justice; perceptions; Psychological; ownership; Non-family; employees (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2011
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