Age, Tenure, Resources for Control, and Organizational Commitment
Social Science Quarterly
Objectives. A higher level of organizational commitment for older and more experienced workers has primarily been explained via exchange theory or a cohort effect. We use an agency‐structure framework to explain that higher levels of commitment result from feelings of control in the workplace.
Methods. We examine this framework using data from a survey of 400 unionized factory workers in the Midwest.
Results. The relationship between organizational commitment and predictors is affected by worker career stage. Most significantly, the commitment for older and more experienced workers increases with high levels of autonomy, while the opposite is true for younger and less experienced workers.
Conclusions. When workers experience greater control at the point of production, they express greater organizational commitment. Although empowering for older and experienced workers, having freedom at work can be threatening or destabilizing for the younger workers, who may prefer more guidance.
Brimeyer, Ted, Robert Perucci, Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth.
"Age, Tenure, Resources for Control, and Organizational Commitment."
Social Science Quarterly, 91 (2): 511-530: Wiley.
doi: 10.1111/j.1540-6237.2010.00705.x source: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/j.1540-6237.2010.00705.x