Central Life Interests and Organizational Commitment of Blue-Collar and Clerical Workers

  • Dubin R
  • Champoux J
  • Porter L
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Abstract

Workers with a central life interest (CLI) in work have a high level of commitment to their work organization and a higher level of attraction to individual features of their organization than workers with other CLI orientations. Workers with a nonjob CLI have a low level of organizational commitment and are selectively attracted to features of their employing organization. Workers with flexible focus CLIs have no special level of organizational commitment and show the greatest variability in evaluating the attractiveness of work features. Only the most general features of organizations are strongly related to employees' CLI orientations. Implications of these and other findings are analyzed. The study is based on a sample of 1,014 male and female blue-collar and clerical workers, drawn from a bank and telephone company.

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Authors

  • R Dubin

  • J E Champoux

  • L W Porter

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