Organizational Commitment in Mexican Small and Medium-Sized Firms: The Role of Work Status, Organizational Climate, and Entrepreneurial Orientation

24 Pages Posted: 28 Aug 2007

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Dirk De Clerq

Brock University - Faculty of Business

Imanol Belausteguigoitia Rius

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Abstract

In this study, we examine the role of individuals' commitment in small and medium-sized firms. More specifically, we argue that employees will commit themselves to their firm based on their current work status in the firm, their perception of the organizational climate, and the firm's entrepreneurial orientation. We also examine how individuals' commitment affect the actual effort they exert vis-à-vis their firm. The study's hypotheses are tested by applying quantitative analyses to survey data collected from 863 Mexican small and medium-sized businesses. We found that individuals' position and tenure in the firm, their perception of psychological safety and meaningfulness, and the firm's entrepreneurial orientation all are positively related to organizational commitment. We also found a positive relationship between organizational commitment and effort. Finally, our findings show that organizational commitment mediates the relationship between many of the predictor variables and effort. We discuss the limitations and implications of our findings and provide directions for future research.

Suggested Citation

De Clercq, Dirk and Rius, Imanol Belausteguigoitia, Organizational Commitment in Mexican Small and Medium-Sized Firms: The Role of Work Status, Organizational Climate, and Entrepreneurial Orientation. Journal of Small Business Management, Vol. 45, No. 4, pp. 467-490, October 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1008089 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1540-627X.2007.00223.x

Dirk De Clercq (Contact Author)

Brock University - Faculty of Business ( email )

St. Catharines, Ontario L2S 3A1
Canada

Imanol Belausteguigoitia Rius

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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