The Impact of Organizational Commitment on Insiders’ Motivation to Protect Organizational Information Assets

Journal of Management Information Systems, vol. 32(4), pp. 179–214, 2015

61 Pages Posted: 8 Aug 2015 Last revised: 9 May 2016

Clay Posey

The University of Alabama

Tom Roberts

University of Kansas - School of Business

Paul Benjamin Lowry

Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University - Pamplin College of Business

Date Written: December 1, 2015

Abstract

Insiders may act to sustain and improve organizational information security, yet our knowledge of what motivates them to do so remains limited. For example, most extant research use portions of protection motivation theory (PMT) and have relied on isolated behaviors thus limiting the generalizability of findings to single artifacts rather than the global set of protective security behaviors. We thus investigate the motivations surrounding this larger behavioral set by assessing maladaptive rewards, response costs, and fear alongside traditional PMT components. We extend PMT by showing that: (1) security education, training, and awareness (SETA) efforts help form appraisals; (2) PMT’s applicability to organizational rather than personal contexts depends on insiders’ organizational commitment levels; and (3) response costs provide the link between PMT’s appraisals. Contributions include detailing how organizational commitment is the mechanism through which organizational security threats become personally relevant to insiders and how SETA efforts influence many PMT-based components.

Keywords: Protection-motivated behaviors, protection motivation theory, threat appraisal, coping appraisal, MIMIC model, security, organizational commitment, structural equation modeling

Suggested Citation

Posey, Clay and Roberts, Tom and Lowry, Paul Benjamin, The Impact of Organizational Commitment on Insiders’ Motivation to Protect Organizational Information Assets (December 1, 2015). Journal of Management Information Systems, vol. 32(4), pp. 179–214, 2015. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2640911

Clay Posey

The University of Alabama ( email )

Tuscaloosa, AL 35487
United States

Tom Roberts

University of Kansas - School of Business ( email )

1300 Sunnyside Avenue
Lawrence, KS 66045
United States

Paul Benjamin Lowry (Contact Author)

Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University - Pamplin College of Business ( email )

1016 Pamplin Hall
Blacksburg, VA 24061
United States

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