Organisational commitment of accountants in Australia and South Africa

Clayton, Bruce M. & Hutchinson, Marion R. (2002) Organisational commitment of accountants in Australia and South Africa. SA Journal of Accounting Research, 16(1), pp. 1-17.

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This paper examines the independent variables of perceived environmental uncertainty (PEU) and the cultural beliefs of collectivism/individualism between two countries, Australia and South Africa. These countries were chosen because Australia is a stable democracy and South Africa an emerging democracy which is undergoing significant political, social and economic transformation. The purpose of this paper is to determine whether accountants' commitment to an organization is associated with perceived environmental uncertainty, collectivism and nationality.

The results of this study suggest that individuals’ organisational commitment is associated with nationality (South African and Australian) and that relationship is associated with their cultural beliefs (collectivism/individualism) and an environmental variable, perceived environmental uncertainty.

This research is regarded as important in that multi-national organizations operating in different political and social environments may choose to use different means to ensure the maximum organisational commitment from their employees, in particular, those who are professional accountants.

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ID Code: 13665
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: organisational committment, the accounting profession, PEU, Australia, South Africa
ISSN: 1010-8270
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2002 Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors (IRBA), the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) and the Southern African Accounting Association (SAAA)
Deposited On: 04 Jun 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2011 13:37

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