Academic journal article IUP Journal of Organizational Behavior

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Academic journal article IUP Journal of Organizational Behavior

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This issue deals with the topics of organizational commitment, job satisfaction, work engagement, occupational stress and leadership style. Out of the three papers, two deal with the concept of organizational commitment, but the approach of each paper is different. The first paper deals with measuring the effect of job satisfaction and work engagement on organizational commitment, and the second paper looks at validating the three-component model of the construct. And finally, the third paper examines the association between leadership style and occupational stress.

The first paper, "The Effect of Job Satisfaction and Work Engagement on Organizational Commitment", by Rasha Abu-Shamaa, Wafaa A Al-Rabayah and Rawan T Khasawneh, focuses on the important issues of employee involvement and loyalty that have become critical for organizations in the present times, when organizations face high attrition and churning of employees on a regular basis. The challenge to retain an employee becomes even more critical in service organizations where the client seeks service continuity and look forward to interacting with the same set of people, as developing a level of cordiality and mutual trust takes time. This particular paper on organizational commitment is very comprehensive in its approach, in the sense that it systematically reviews relevant research in all the three areas of job satisfaction, work engagement and organizational commitment, and also examines the determinants of each. Having done that, the paper goes on to test the proposed model using standard measures for collecting data. The collected data is then analyzed and the model is tested through appropriate statistical tools. Though the hypothesized model is a simple one, the systematic approach adopted for building the model and testing it, adds value to the paper.

The second paper, "Measuring Organizational Commitment: Scale Validation for Indian Financial Services Sector", by Japneet Kaur and Sanjeev Kumar Sharma, also deals with the issue of organizational commitment but is very different from the first paper of this issue. The focus is on validating the organizational commitment scale. The paper begins with enunciating the importance of the concept of organizational commitment and then goes on to validate the most commonly used three-component model of organizational commitment, which was originally proposed and developed by Allen and Meyer. The assumption for undertaking this exercise of validation was to test the stability of the threecomponent model. …

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