ERIC Number: ED237916
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Correlates of Instrumental and Affective Attachment to Organizations.
Angle, Harold L.
It has been suggested that different forms of organizational commitment have different outcomes as well as different antecedents. To test the hypothesis that instrumental attachment to an organization is associated with members' investments in the organization, and that affective attachment to an organization is influenced primarily by the way the organization treats its members (a process of reciprocation), professional and paraprofessional hospital employees (N=727), and bank clerical employees (N=154) were tested. Subjects completed Porter's Organizational Commitment Questionnaire; measures of instrumental attachment, job satisfaction, and personal attributes; and a measure of existence, relatedness, and growth needs. Multiple regression analyses and simple correlation were used to measure differential relationships between the two forms of attachments and two types of antecedents. Mixed support was found for the relationship between instrumental attachment and committing investment, and affective attachment and reciprocation with the organization. The development of measurement instruments specifically designed to sort out different forms of attachment may be required. (MCF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Organizational Commitment
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (91st, Anaheim, CA, August 26-30, 1983).