The purpose of this paper is to answer the question of whether individual perceptions of an HRM system – distinctiveness, consistency and consensus – and shared perceptions of HRM (climate strength) are positively related to affective commitment in the organization. In addition, the paper examines if climate strength has a mediating effect in the relationship between the individual perceptions of an HRM system and affective commitment.
A survey study with data from 671 employees, 67 line‐managers and 32 HR‐managers within four hospitals was used.
Results of two‐level analyses (department, employee) showed that the perception of distinctiveness, consistency and climate strength, as expected are positively related to affective commitment. Instead of a mediating effect of climate strength a moderator effect was found: the relationship between consistency and affective commitment is stronger when climate strength is high.
The study offers researchers some recommendations to focus on the process of HRM (in terms of distinctiveness, consistency and consensus), and on the importance of shared perceptions within a department.
This study shows the impact of aspects of the process of HRM on the individual level, and shared perceptions of high commitment HRM on the department level on affective commitment of employees.
Sanders, K., Dorenbosch, L. and de Reuver, R. (2008), "The impact of individual and shared employee perceptions of HRM on affective commitment: Considering climate strength", Personnel Review, Vol. 37 No. 4, pp. 412-425. https://doi.org/10.1108/00483480810877589
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