The effects of perceived external prestige, ethical organizational climate, and leader‐member exchange (LMX) quality on employees' commitments and their subsequent attitudes

Dae‐seok Kang (Inha University, Incheon, South Korea)
Jim Stewart (Leeds Business School, Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds, UK)
Hayeon Kim (Inha University, Incheon, South Korea)

Personnel Review

ISSN: 0048-3486

Publication date: 20 September 2011

Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to investigate the role of perceived external prestige (PEP), ethical organizational climate, and leader‐member exchange (LMX) quality in explaining organizational and career commitment, and also analyzes effects of the two commitments on motivation to participate in training and turnover intention.

Design/methodology/approach

Relationships among the constructs are predicted based on relevant literature, and are tested using survey results from 477 employees working in 15 of the leading corporations in South Korea.

Findings

Structural equation modeling (SEM) shows that ethical organizational climate and LMX quality are a significant correlate of both forms of commitment, whereas perceived external prestige is a predictor of organizational commitment but not career commitment. Furthermore, as a mediator, each form of commitment also affects employees' training participation motivation and their turnover intention.

Originality/value

Overall, the value of this study lies in its focus on multiple forms of commitment reflecting current employment relationships, and in the identification of new variables for use by HR professionals in determining ways to improve both commitment to organization and career.

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Citation

Kang, D., Stewart, J. and Kim, H. (2011), "The effects of perceived external prestige, ethical organizational climate, and leader‐member exchange (LMX) quality on employees' commitments and their subsequent attitudes", Personnel Review, Vol. 40 No. 6, pp. 761-784. https://doi.org/10.1108/00483481111169670

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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