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

Bredillet, Christophe & Dwivedula, Ravikiran (2010) The relation between organizational and professional commitment in case of project workers : implications for the project management. In PMI Research Conference : Defining the Future of Project Management, Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center, Washington DC.

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The purpose of this paper is to investigate the relationship between organizational and professional commitment of project workers. We first present

(i) role–conflict theory, and exchange theory to establish the multiple dimensions of commitment—affective, continuance, and normative; and (ii). 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 3 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: 49519
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: organizational commitment; professional commitment; role-conflict theory; exchange theory; social identity theory, project management, project worker
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 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 04 Apr 2012 00:50
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2012 16:11

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