Dimensions of Organizational Commitment.

  • Gouldner H
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Abstract

The author reports on a factor analytic study which distinguishes different dimensions of organizational commitment among the members of a voluntary association. Among the forms of organizational commitment studied were: cosmopolitan integration--the degree to which the individual is active in and feels himself a part of the varying levels of a particular organization, and is active, as well, in other organizations; and organizational introjection--the degree to which the individual's "ideal" self-image includes a number of organizationally approved qualities and values. In addition to the factors of organizational commitment, two other factors were identified as reflecting commitment to two specific values of the organization. The emergence of these lends support to a basic hypothesis of the study, namely, that commitment to the specific values of an organization is distinct from commitment to the organization as a whole.

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  • Helen P. Gouldner

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