Patterns of attachment to organizations: Commitment profiles and work outcomes

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Commitment profiles were studied with a sample of 572 hospital workers. Seven of the eight commitment profiles in Meyer and Herscovitch's (2001) typology emerged using K-means clustering including: highly committed, affective dominant, continuance dominant, affective-continuance dominant, affective-normative dominant, continuancenormative dominant, and uncommitted. Outcome variables included: turnover intentions, turnover, absenteeism, and person-organization value congruence. Results were consistent with prior findings in that normative commitment alone and in conjunction with continuance commitment enhanced the benefits of affective commitment. Turnover rates were much higher for poorly socialized employees suggesting that there is a self-corrective effect in which uncommitted employees are more likely to leave their organizations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)443-453
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Applied Psychology
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


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