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Perceived organizational support and organizational commitment: The moderating effect of locus of control and work autonomy

Caroline Aubé (Department of Management, HEC Montreal, Montreal, Canada)
Vincent Rousseau (School of Industrial Relations, University of Montreal, Montreal, Canada)
Estelle M. Morin (Department of Management, HEC Montreal, Montreal, Canada)

Journal of Managerial Psychology

ISSN: 0268-3946

Article publication date: 3 July 2007

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Abstract

Purpose

The aim of this article is to deepen the understanding of the relationships between perceived organizational support (POS) and the dimensions of organizational commitment (i.e. affective, normative and continuance commitment), and to test the moderating effect of locus of control and work autonomy.

Design/methodology/approach

This study, based on a cross‐sectional research design, was conducted in an organizational setting. The sample includes 249 prison employees. The data were collected through questionnaires.

Findings

The results show that POS is positively and significantly correlated with affective and normative commitment. In addition, the results of the hierarchical multiple regression analyses support the moderating effect of locus of control and work autonomy with regard to the relationship between POS and affective commitment.

Practical implications

This study highlights the importance of providing support to employees in order to foster their affective and normative commitment to the organization. Moreover, the results provide evidence in favour of managerial interventions aimed at enhancing perceived control and, consequently, minimizing the negative effects of a lack of organizational support on employees' affective commitment.

Originality/value

In addition to taking into account three dimensions of organizational commitment, this study underlines personality and job design factors that can modulate the relationship between POS and organizational commitment.

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Citation

Aubé, C., Rousseau, V. and Morin, E.M. (2007), "Perceived organizational support and organizational commitment: The moderating effect of locus of control and work autonomy", Journal of Managerial Psychology, Vol. 22 No. 5, pp. 479-495. https://doi.org/10.1108/02683940710757209

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2007, Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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