Location, location, location: Contextualizing workplace commitment

S. Arzu Wasti, Mark F. Peterson, Heiko Breitsohl, Aaron Cohen, Frances Jørgensen, Ana Carolina de Aguiar Rodrigues, Qingxiong Weng, Xiaohong Xu

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The purpose of the present commentary is to discuss the nature and correlates of workplace commitment across cultures. We asked six organizational behavior scholars, who are intimately familiar with Brazil, China, Denmark, Germany, or Israel as their country of origin or extended residence, to "contextualize" workplace commitment. They did so by explicating institutional and cultural characteristics of their context on the emergence, meaning, and evolution of commitment by reference to their own research and extant local research. Their responses not only supported the utility of three-component model of commitment but also revealed the differential salience of various commitment constructs (e.g., components and foci of commitment) as well as possible contextual moderators on the development and outcomes of commitment. The commentators also described changes including the growing prevalence of multicultural workforces within national borders and changes in employment relationships and cultural values in their national contexts and considered future research directions in culture and commitment research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)613-632
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Organizational Behavior
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 May 2016

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© 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.


  • Commitment foci
  • Culture
  • Workplace commitment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • General Psychology
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


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