Handbook of Employee Commitment
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Handbook of Employee Commitment

Edited by John P. Meyer

A high level of employee commitment holds particular value for organizations owing to its impact on organizational effectiveness and employee well-being. This Handbook provides an up-to-date review of theory and research pertaining to employee commitment in the workplace, outlining its value for both employers and employees and identifying key factors in its development, maintenance or decline. Including chapters from leading theorists and researchers from around the world, this Handbook presents cumulated and cutting-edge research exploring what commitment is, the different forms it can take, and how it is distinct from related concepts such as employee engagement, work motivation, embeddedness, the psychological contract, and organizational identification.
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Chapter 29: An examination of the social-institutional, cultural, and organizational antecedents of commitment in India

Vidyut Lata Dhir, Nicholas L. Bremner and Sumita Datta


India is a country in the process of significant social, economic, and cultural changes. These changes have increased competition among India’s organizations, affected how they are run, and have influenced the values of its growing workforce. Employees’ commitment is an increasingly important concept for organizations to understand and leverage to remain competitive, but is not well understood in an Indian context. In this chapter, the authors describe the nature of India’s changing workplace culture and review the extant commitment literature, contrasting it the findings of Western commitment research. Further, they draw on Wasti and …nder’s (2009) model describing the influences of social-institutional and cultural factors on commitment and apply it to an Indian context. They conclude by discussing some of the implications for research and practice derived from this model. Reference: Wasti, S.A. and …nder, C. (2009). Commitment across cultures: Progress, pitfalls and propositions. In H.J. Klein, T.E. Becker and J.P. Meyer (eds), Commitment in Organizations: Accumulated Wisdom and New Directions (pp. 309_346). Florence, KY: Routledge.

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