A multilevel model of affect and organizational commitment

Li, Yan, Ahlstrom, David and Ashkanasy, Neal M. (2010) A multilevel model of affect and organizational commitment. Asia-Pacific Journal of Management, 27 2: 193-213. doi:10.1007/s10490-010-9193-9

Author Li, Yan
Ahlstrom, David
Ashkanasy, Neal M.
Title A multilevel model of affect and organizational commitment
Journal name Asia-Pacific Journal of Management   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0217-4561
Publication date 2010-06
Year available 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s10490-010-9193-9
Volume 27
Issue 2
Start page 193
End page 213
Total pages 21
Editor David Ahlstrom
Place of publication New York, NY, U.S.A.
Publisher Springer New York
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Subject C1
150311 Organisational Behaviour
910402 Management
Formatted abstract
This multilevel study investigates affective antecedents of organizational commitment. 230 individuals from 56 working groups were surveyed in eight mainland Chinese firms. The results showed that frequently experienced feelings of guilt and determination in organizations were positively related to increased organizational commitment. In addition, the increase of intragroup relationship conflict strengthened the negative association between chaotic emotions and organizational commitment. The findings suggest that the overall commitment to an organization is related to certain emotions in an organizational setting. This study, which employed a large sample from mainland China, proved consistent with past theory and empirical evidence from the West. A multilevel model of affective events theory with wide applicability is correspondingly proposed.
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Keyword Emotion
Organizational commitment
Affective events theory
Multilevel analysis
Goal-setting process
Continuance commitment
Intragroup conflict
Normative commitment
Survivor guilt
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Faculty of Business, Economics and Law -- Publications
Official 2011 Collection
UQ Business School Publications
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