Professional commitment, organizational commitment, and the intention to leave for professional advancement

Vincent Cho (Department of Management and Marketing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong)
Xu Huang (Department of Management and Marketing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong)

Information Technology & People

ISSN: 0959-3845

Publication date: 24 February 2012

Abstract

Purpose

Given the increasing influence and importance of professionals in modern society, this study aims to investigate the influence of organizational commitment and professional commitment on professionals' intention to leave their organizations for professional advancement (ILPA).

Design/methodology/approach

A total of 500 members of a large Hong Kong association of computer specialists were drawn randomly from the membership list. E‐mails were sent directly to those 500 members through a web‐based survey, which is an effective way to collect confidential information and potentially reduced the resistance due to the survey sensitivity. After two follow‐ups via e‐mail, a total of 265 responses were collected with a response rate of 53 percent.

Findings

The study found that organizational affective commitment (OAC) would be more effective for reducing ILPA. For the interactions between different commitment components, there is a substitution effect of professional affective commitment (PAC) and professional continuance component (PCC) toward their impacts on ILPA.

Research limitations/implications

The findings would be explained by the self‐justification process due to cognitive dissonance on the professional's continuance commitment and his/her affective commitment in an organization. Moreover, there would be a complementary relationship between organizational and professional commitment.

Originality/value

This study would answer the question on how to effectively avoid a professional leaving an organization.

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Citation

Cho, V. and Huang, X. (2012), "Professional commitment, organizational commitment, and the intention to leave for professional advancement", Information Technology & People, Vol. 25 No. 1, pp. 31-54. https://doi.org/10.1108/09593841211204335

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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