Work commitment, job satisfaction, and job performance: an empirical investigation

Abraham Carmeli (Graduate School of Business Administration and Department of Political Science, Bar-Ilan University)
Anat Freund (School of Social Work, University of Haifa)

International Journal of Organization Theory & Behavior

ISSN: 1093-4537

Publication date: 1 March 2003


This study examines the relationships between joint work commitments, job satisfaction, and job performance of lawyers employed by private law firms in Israel. Based on Morrowʼs (1993) concept of five universal forms of commitment, their interrelationship was tested with respect to the commitment model of Randall and Cote (1991), which appeared to show in previous studies (Cohen, 1999, 2000) a better fit compared to other models. In addition, the study examined the relationship between the commitment model and work attitude and outcome, namely, job satisfaction and job performance. The results show that the commitment model of Randall and Cote was almost fully supported, except for the relationship between job involvement and continuance commitment. This relationship is better understood via career commitment. An interesting finding of this study is that job satisfaction has a mediating role in the relationship between joint work commitment and job performance. The article concludes with suggestions regarding further investigation of the interrelationships between work commitment constructs, and the relationship between joint commitment forms, job satisfaction, and job performance.


Abraham Carmeli and Anat Freund (2003) "Work commitment, job satisfaction, and job performance: an empirical investigation", International Journal of Organization Theory & Behavior, Vol. 7 No. 3, pp. 289-309

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