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

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology [Grant for organising Small Group Meeting in Bath]; University of Bath [50th Anniversary fund supported the organization o].

Funding Information:
CONTACT Yvonne Gerarda Theodora van Rossenberg This position paper is developed from the contributions to the EAWOP Small Group Meeting on “The Future of Workplace Commitment”, that took place at the University of Bath, 23-24 September 2016. This meeting was sponsored by EAWOP, the 50-year anniversary of the University of Bath event fund and the School of Management, University of Bath, United Kingdom. Members of the panel, paper presentation and participants of the SGM include: Kasja Asplund, Matthijs Bal, Kathleen Bentein, Frank Bietry, Heiko Breitsohl, Rob Briner, Jennifer Chavanovanich, Katharina Chudzikowski., Aaron Cohen, Jordane Creusier, David Cross, Ana Carolina de Aguiar Rodrigues, Wiebke Doden, Véronique Duflot, Nina Hansen, Howard Klein, Steven Kilroy, Nima Omar Ali, Séverine Quillerier, Andriana Rapti, Sascha Ruhle, Omar Solinger, Juani Swart, Yvonne van Rossenberg and Zeynep Yalabik.

Publisher Copyright:
© 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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