The future of workplace commitment: key questions and directions

Yvonne Gerarda Theodora van Rossenberg, Howard J. Klein, Kajsa Asplund, Kathleen Bentein, Heiko Breitsohl, Aaron Cohen, David Cross, Ana Carolina de Aguiar Rodrigues, Veronique Duflot, Steven Kilroy, Nima Ali, Andriana Rapti, Sascha Ruhle, Omar Solinger, Juani Swart, Zeynep Y. Yalabik

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This position paper presents the state-of-the art of the field of workplace commitment. Yet, for workplace commitment to stay relevant, it is necessary to look beyond current practice and to extrapolate trends to envision what will be needed in future research. Therefore, the aim of this paper is twofold, first, to consolidate our current understanding of workplace commitment in contemporary work settings and, second, to look into the future by identifying and discussing avenues for future research. Representative of the changing nature of work, we explicitly conceptualize workplace commitment in reference to (A) “Temporary work”, and (B) “Cross-boundary work”. Progressing from these two themes, conceptual, theoretical and methodological advances of the field are discussed. The result is the identification of 10 key paths of research to pursues, a shared agenda for the most promising and needed directions for future research and recommendations for how these will translate into practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)153-167
Number of pages15
JournalEuropean Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 4 Mar 2018

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© 2018 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.


  • Commitment
  • attachment
  • contingent
  • cross-boundary
  • temporary

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


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