Chapter 1: Employee commitment: an introduction and roadmap
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This chapter introduces the concept of commitment in general, and employee commitment more specifically, and explains why they are important. It then provides an overview of the topics covered within the Handbook of Employee Commitment, including: differing approaches to the conceptualization of commitment as a construct; theory and research pertaining to related constructs (for example, embeddedness, engagement, identification); the various foci other than the organization to which employees can commit (for example, occupation, union, supervisor, goals); the consequences of commitment (for example, turnover, performance, well-being); the drivers of commitment (for example, human resource management practices, leadership, support, justice); commitment in other cultures (China, Europe, India, Latin America, Middle East); and recent developments in methodology and analysis that can be used to advance our understanding of the nature, development and consequences of employee commitment.

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