The relationship between organizational and professional commitment in the case of project workers : implications for project management

Bredillet, Christophe & Dwivedula, Ravikiran (2010) The relationship between organizational and professional commitment in the case of project workers : implications for project management. Project Management Journal, 41(4), pp. 79-88.

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The purpose of this article is to investigate the relationship between organizational and professional commitment of project workers. We first present (1) role-conflict theory and exchange theory to establish the multiple dimensions of commitment (affective, continuance, and normative) and (2) social identity theory to support our argument for different foci of commitment—organization and profession. Building on these theoretical lenses, we present the literature review that compares organizational and professional commitment of project workers with respect to the three dimensions of commitment. Adopting a positivist approach and a sample of 141 project workers, we use Pearson’s correlation to identify the relationship between affective organizational and affective professional, continuance organizational and continuance professional, and normative organizational and normative professional commitment. We report significant correlation between affective organizational commitment and affective professional commitment of project workers. The correlations between continuance organizational commitment and continuance professional commitment and normative organizational commitment and normative professional commitment are moderate. We then discuss the implications of these findings for the project management profession.

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ID Code: 49463
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: organizational commitment, professional commitment, role-conflict theory, exchange theory, social identity theory
DOI: 10.1002/pmj.20196
ISSN: 8756-9728
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Business and Management not elsewhere classified (150399)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 John Wiley & Sons
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Deposited On: 03 Apr 2012 04:19
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2012 04:38

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