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Can Organizational Commitment be Experienced by Individuals Pursuing Contemporary Career Paths?

Mihaela Enache (), Jose M. Sallan (), Pep Simo () and Vicenç Fernandez ()
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Vicenç Fernandez: Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya.

No 1104, Working Papers from Departament Empresa, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Abstract: In a context in which organizations can no longer promise life-time employment and individuals increasingly experience inter-organizational mobility, this study tackles the question of whether organizational commitment is no longer related to new career orientations. To this end, it analyzes the relation between the underlying dimensions of protean (self direction and values driven) and boundaryless (boundaryless mindset and organizational mobility preference) career attitudes (Briscoe et al., 2006) and organizational commitment, within today’s unstable and uncertain business scenario. Research results suggest that protean career attitudes contribute significantly to individuals’ emotional attachment to their employing organization. Furthermore, organizational mobility preference was found to be significant in predicting both affective and continuance commitment. Finally, future research suggestions and practical implications associated with the current study are provided.

Keywords: organizational commitment; boundaryless career; protean career (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2011-10, Revised 2011-10
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Published in Working Papers at the Department of Business, Octuber pages 1-31

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