Organizational career growth and subsequent voice behavior: the role of affective commitment and gender

Wang, Qian, Weng, Qingxiong, McElroy, James C., Ashkanasy, Neal M. and Lievense, Flip (2014) Organizational career growth and subsequent voice behavior: the role of affective commitment and gender. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 84 3: 431-441. doi:10.1016/j.jvb.2014.03.004

Author Wang, Qian
Weng, Qingxiong
McElroy, James C.
Ashkanasy, Neal M.
Lievense, Flip
Title Organizational career growth and subsequent voice behavior: the role of affective commitment and gender
Journal name Journal of Vocational Behavior   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0001-8791
Publication date 2014-06-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.jvb.2014.03.004
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 84
Issue 3
Start page 431
End page 441
Total pages 11
Place of publication Maryland Heights, MO, United States
Publisher Academic Press
Language eng
Subject 3304 Education
3202 Applied Psychology
1407 Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
3319 Life-span and Life-course Studies
Abstract Although research has established a connection between career growth and turnover intentions, there continues to be a need to study how employee career growth contributes positively to organizations. In the present research, we studied in particular how employees’ organizational career growth is related to voice behavior. Employing theories of social exchange, organization-based self-esteem, and psychological attachment, we developed six hypotheses pertinent to this relationship, including the mediating role of affective organizational commitment and the moderating effect of gender. We tested our hypotheses using data from 328 employees in Mainland China over three time periods. As we hypothesized, we found positive relationships between the three dimensions of organizational career growth and subsequent voice behavior. Our results also verified that these relationships are partially mediated by affective organizational commitment and partially moderated by gender.
Formatted abstract
• Longitudinal data from China were used to test the effect of career growth on voice.
• Career growth consists of career goal progress, professional development and rewards.
• All three facets of career growth were positively related to employee voice behavior.
• These relationships were partially mediated by affective organizational commitment.
• Gender moderated the career growth-voice behavior relationship.
Keyword Organizational career growth
Career development
Voice behavior
Organizational commitment
Gender differences
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Available online 18 March 2014

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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