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The multi‐dimensional nature of organisational commitment in a non‐western context

Abubakr M. Suliman (Liverpool Business School, John Moores University, Liverpool, UK)
Paul A. Iles (Liverpool Business School, John Moores University, Liverpool, UK)

Journal of Management Development

ISSN: 0262-1711

Article publication date: 1 February 2000

Abstract

Examines the validity and reliability of affective, continuance and normative commitment in the Jordanian context. Using a self‐administered questionnaire, 1,000 employees were surveyed. The study questionnaire was piloted in three industrial firms before being used in the main study. The results from the pilot and main studies reveal that of the three dimensions mentioned above, two are prevalent in the Jordanian work environment, namely: the affective and continuance commitments. The existence of normative commitment in the Jordanian work setting is not supported by the findings of the study. Implications for our understanding of commitment’s role in Jordan and other Arab countries are also discussed in the paper.

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Suliman, A.M. and Iles, P.A. (2000), "The multi‐dimensional nature of organisational commitment in a non‐western context", Journal of Management Development, Vol. 19 No. 1, pp. 71-83. https://doi.org/10.1108/02621710010308162

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