Organization communication, job stress, organizational commitment, and job performance of accounting professionals in Taiwan and America

Jui‐Chen Chen (Department of Accounting Information, Fortune Institute of Technology, Taiwan, Republic of China)
Colin Silverthorne (Department of Psychology, University of San Francisco, San Francisco, California, USA)
Jung‐Yao Hung (Department of Finance, National Sun Yat‐Sen University, Taiwan, Republic of China)

Leadership & Organization Development Journal

ISSN: 0143-7739

Publication date: 1 June 2006

Abstract

Purpose

To further understand the impact of organizational communication and commitment on job stress and performance. Over the past 20 years, the constructs of organizational commitment and communication have been studied extensively but little attention has been paid to the relationship between them and other organizational variables such as job performance and stress. Also, differences between employees either in managerial or full time accounting positions and between respondents from the USA and Taiwan were evaluated.

Design/methodology/approach

Differences and relationships were assessed using standardized and valid instruments measuring four organizational variables in Taiwan and the USA.

Findings

No country level difference in stress and communication levels were found but organizational commitment and performance levels were higher in the USA. At the same time, higher levels of organizational communication led to higher levels of organizational commitment and job performance in both countries. Rather surprisingly, stress levels were not found to be related to either organizational communication or job performance. Further, the only measure that indicated a difference between those in managerial and full time accounting positions was work performance which was higher for those doing full time accounting.

Practical implications

The results are discussed in terms of their importance and implications for organizations, particularly those utilizing employees with professional training and operating in different cultures. The finding that stress levels were not reduced by increased organizational communication and had little impact on job performance suggests that in the accounting field stress may play a different role than it does in other professions.

Originality/value

Furthers our understanding on the impact of organizational communication and commitment on job stress and performance.

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Citation

Chen, J., Silverthorne, C. and Hung, J. (2006), "Organization communication, job stress, organizational commitment, and job performance of accounting professionals in Taiwan and America", Leadership & Organization Development Journal, Vol. 27 No. 4, pp. 242-249. https://doi.org/10.1108/01437730610666000

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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