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The interactive effect of collectivism and organizational rewards on affective organizational commitment

Ian O. Williamson (Melbourne Business School, University of Melbourne, Carlton, Australia)
Meredith F. Burnett (College of Business Administration, Florida International University, Miami, Florida, USA)
Kathryn M. Bartol (Department of Management and Organization, Robert H. Smith School of Business, The University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, USA)

Cross Cultural Management: An International Journal

ISSN: 1352-7606

Article publication date: 6 February 2009

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to develop an interactionist framework for examining how the cultural dimension of collectivism interacts with workplace attributes to influence organizational commitment.

Design/methodology/approach

These issues are studied by using a longitudinal survey to examine the development of affective organizational commitment by a racially diverse set of young professionals in the USA.

Findings

Consistent with predictions, results showed a significant two‐way interaction between the cultural dimension of collectivism and organizational rewards on employees’ commitment.

Research limitations/implications

These results suggest that research may benefit from the development of theory that simultaneously considers the role that workplace attributes and cultural values play in shaping organizational commitment.

Practical implications

The findings of this study suggest that organizations may increase existing employees’ commitment by strategically managing the types of rewards they provide to employees with different cultural values.

Originality/value

While an extensive amount of research has been conducted on affective organizational commitment, the question of whether employees’ cultural values influence commitment formation is still largely unanswered. Thus, this study provides initial evidence on the interactive effect of culture and rewards on the formation of employee commitment.

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Citation

Williamson, I.O., Burnett, M.F. and Bartol, K.M. (2009), "The interactive effect of collectivism and organizational rewards on affective organizational commitment", Cross Cultural Management: An International Journal, Vol. 16 No. 1, pp. 28-43. https://doi.org/10.1108/13527600910930022

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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