Company Prospects and Employee Commitment: An Analysis of the Dimensionality of the BOCS and the Influence of External Events on those Dimensions

Morris, Tim, Fenton-O'Creevy, Mark, Winfrow, Paul and Lydka, Helen (1997) Company Prospects and Employee Commitment: An Analysis of the Dimensionality of the BOCS and the Influence of External Events on those Dimensions. British Journal of Industrial Relations, 35 (4). pp. 593-608.

Abstract

The study described in this paper addressed two key objectives. Using structural equation modelling, the study examined first the dimensionality of the British Organizational Committment Scale (BOCS) and second, how employee perceptions of their company’s prospects and their perceptions of their own career opportunities might affect each commitment dimension. Analysis of the data (from an oil company) suggests that the BOCS has three principal dimensions but that there is a fourth (measurement artefact) factor, consisting of the negatively phrased items. Analysis also reveals that improved company prospects are positively related to the ‘loyalty’ dimension of the BOCS but are inversely related to the ‘involvement’ dimension. The paper considers explanations for this phenomenon.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: employee attitude surveys
Subject(s): Corporate reputation
Professional services
Centre: Centre for Professional Firms
Oxford University Centre for Corporate Reputation
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2011 14:46
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2018 13:00
URI: http://eureka.sbs.ox.ac.uk/id/eprint/1061

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