Edited by John P. Meyer
Chapter 16: Counterproductive work behaviors
This chapter presents a review of relations between counterproductive work behaviors (CWB) and employee commitment. After a brief introduction to the CWB construct, examination of available empirical studies shows that bivariate relations between broadly defined CWB and affective organizational commitment tend to be moderately negative, whereas evidence on other forms or foci of commitment is scarce. A review of theoretical rationales for CWB_commitment links shows that commitment is mostly conceptualized as a mediator between external triggers and CWB, whereas moderator effects are largely neglected. An extended model is presented that distinguishes mediator and moderator effects of different commitment forms within and beyond an emotion-centered causal model of CWB. Directions for future research are also presented, emphasizing the call for more longitudinal and more fine-grained studies on the CWB_commitment link.
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