Edited by John P. Meyer
Previous research on commitment, work attitudes, well-being, and affect has yielded many significant insights concerning the nature, interrelatedness, and implications of these important workplace phenomena. However, there is still much that is not known. Recent developments regarding the nature of the commitment construct may be an important catalyst for bringing synergy to the existing body of commitment research. These developments could also further advance understanding of how this type of workplace bond relates to other important psychological and behavioral factors in the workplace. Moreover, considering the dynamic and interactive nature of commitment with the target and environment, further examination of how commitment relates to job attitudes, well-being, and distinct forms of affect as commitment begins, strengthens, and dissipates over time will be insightful. The ideas presented in this chapter are intended to serve to stimulate research and a better understanding of the effects commitment can have on affect and related outcomes.
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