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Volunteering drivers and continuation will: the role of engagement

Mohammed Aboramadan (Department of Economics, Management and Statistics, University of Milano-Bicocca, Milano, Italy)
Abderrahman Hassi (School of Business Administration, Al Akhawayn University, Ifrane, Morocco)
Hatem Jamil Alharazin (Catholic University of Leuven, Leuven, Belgium)
Khalid Abed Dahleez (College of Business Administration, A’Sharqiyah University, Ibra, Oman)
Belal Albashiti (Faculty of Economic and Administrative Science, Al Azhar University, Gaza, Palestine)

Journal of Management Development

ISSN: 0262-1711

Article publication date: 14 June 2019

Issue publication date: 14 June 2019




As volunteering research in nonprofit organizations is growing significantly, the purpose of this paper is to examine the effects of volunteering drivers and work engagement on volunteer continuation will.


Building on empirical and theoretical perspectives, the authors hypothesized that work engagement mediates the relationship between volunteering drivers and volunteer continuation will. To verify our hypotheses, we examined data collected from 372 active volunteers from Palestinian nonprofit organizations. The authors conducted structural equations modeling (SEM) analyses using the AMOS 24 platform to investigate direct and indirect effects.


The results of the study show that work engagement is a significant predictor of volunteer continuation will; mediates the relationship between career driver of volunteering and volunteer continuation will; and mediates the relationship between the protective driver of volunteering and volunteer continuation will.

Research limitations/implications

The research design limits establishing cause and effect relationships among the examined variables.

Practical implications

The results of the current study may be of use for nonprofit organizations managers formulating effective recruitment and training policies to retain their volunteers.


The paper contributes to the limited empirical body of the volunteering research. The study is novel as it is one of the few studies conducted using data coming from a non-western context.



Aboramadan, M., Hassi, A., Alharazin, H.J., Dahleez, K.A. and Albashiti, B. (2019), "Volunteering drivers and continuation will: the role of engagement", Journal of Management Development, Vol. 38 No. 5, pp. 405-420.



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