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 36: Employee commitment: looking back and moving forward

John P. Meyer


This chapter offers an analysis of the dominant issues discussed throughout the Handbook of Employee Commitment, with an emphasis on the two most controversial issues: the conceptualization of the commitment construct (most notably, its dimensionality), and the overlap between commitment and related constructs (for example, embeddedness, engagement). In both cases, it is argued that theory and research are progressing as they should from an academic perspective, and that any resolutions to the controversies should be guided by implications for practice. In the meantime, research pertaining to employee commitment continues to generate a wealth of actionable knowledge that practitioners should find useful. The remainder of the chapter highlights some of the key issues raised throughout the Handbook with regard to the focus, consequences, and development of commitment, in general, and as they pertain to the investigation of commitment across cultures. New directions for future research are discussed and applications of new research strategies are encouraged. Readers with both academic and applied interests are directed to specific chapters in the book for new and interesting ideas for research and practice.

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