HRM Practices and Organizational Commitment Profiles

The International Journal of Human Resource Management, Vol. 20, Issue 4, 2009

University of Alberta School of Business Research Paper No. 2013-449

Posted: 28 May 2013

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Ian R. Gellatly

University of Alberta - Department of Strategic Management and Organization

Karen Hunter

Independent

Luanne Currie

University of Alberta

P. Gregory Irving

Wilfrid Laurier University - School of Business & Economics

Date Written: April 29, 2008

Abstract

In this study, we examined how employee perceptions of development-oriented, stability-oriented, and reward-oriented human resource management (HRM) practices affected the likelihood of affective and continuance commitment profile membership. Our focus on profiles of combined commitment components is a departure from a literature dominated by studies of the separate forms of employee commitment. Drawing from self-determination theory (Deci and Ryan 2000) we described the nature of the psychological states believed to underlie the specific profiles under investigation, then tested a series of theoretical predictions concerning the link between HRM practices and the likelihood of profile membership. Predictor and criterion data for this study were collected from 317 respondents working in a variety of Canadian-based organizations. Our findings suggest ways that organizations can use HRM practices strategically to help shape the nature of overall employee commitment.

Keywords: employee commitment, organizational commitment, strategic HRM, worker-centered approach to HRM

Suggested Citation

Gellatly, Ian R. and Hunter, Karen and Currie, Luanne and Irving, P. Gregory, HRM Practices and Organizational Commitment Profiles (April 29, 2008). The International Journal of Human Resource Management, Vol. 20, Issue 4, 2009, University of Alberta School of Business Research Paper No. 2013-449, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2270717

Ian R. Gellatly (Contact Author)

University of Alberta - Department of Strategic Management and Organization ( email )

Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2R6
Canada

Karen Hunter

Independent ( email )

Luanne Currie

University of Alberta ( email )

Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2R3
Canada

P. Gregory Irving

Wilfrid Laurier University - School of Business & Economics ( email )

Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3C5
Canada
519-884-0710 x.3707 (Phone)
519-884-0201 (Fax)

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