Title page for ETD etd-06062008-165809

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Lewis, Reba Rowe
URN etd-06062008-165809
Title Dimensions of commitment :an examination of worker-organiztion linkages in a large bureaucracy
Degree PhD
Department Sociology
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  • Organizational behavior
Date of Defense 1992-08-05
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This study is an assessment of the relative importance of sociodemographic, structural, and attitudinal variables in accounting for organizational commitment. A block-recursive model is used to conceptualize the relationship between the independent variables and organizational commitment.

The sample for the study is drawn from payroll rosters of employees of a large state university and comprises two subsamples: classified staff (permanent) employees and non-student hourly wage (temporary) employees. Sociodemographic characteristics, structural conditions of their employment, and their underlying attitudes toward work in general and toward their employer are measured through the use of an anonymous questionnaire. Data were collected from 416 employees.

The study finds no significant differences in the two subsamples regarding degrees of various dimensions of commitment or in determinants of organizational commitment. It is hypothesized that the absence of any major differences between the two groups may be explained by the currently unstable employment conditions for all workers regardless of their employment status.

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