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Job satisfaction, job involvement, and perceived organizational support as predictors of organizational commitment
by Parker Ayers, Jennifer, Ph.D., Walden University, 2010, 164; 3397132
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this study was to determine whether or not there is a significant relationship between job satisfaction, job involvement, perceived organizational support, and organizational commitment among educators. A review of the literature revealed there is limited research that examined organizational behaviors among educators. Organizational commitment has been identified as a leading factor impacting an employee’s level of success in various organizations. There remains a gap in the current literature regarding specific attitudinal behaviors influencing organizational commitment across various levels of education. Organizational commitment among educators employed at the primary, secondary, and postsecondary levels was examined. The sample for this study included 900 educators in a southern U.S. state. Based on the social exchange and leader member Exchange theories, this study used a nonexperimental quantitative design. The data were analyzed using three hierarchical multiple regressions. The findings of this study revealed a significant relationship between job satisfaction, job involvement, and organizational commitment. Given the significance of these findings, promotion of dialogue within education could enhance social exchange relations, employee involvement, and educator commitment. Social change implications include the improvement of the educational services and student success outcomes and promotion of the importance of quality workplace exchanges, personal growth, leadership, scholarship, collaboration, and the benefits of a highly committed workforce.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Rubenstein, Adam
Commitee: Dawdy, Gwynne, Trunk, Barry
School: Walden University
Department: Psychology
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: DAI-B 71/04, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Occupational psychology, Organizational behavior
Keywords: Education improvement, Job involvement, Job satisfaction, Job satisfaction and education, Organizational commitment, Organizational commitment and behaviors, Organizational support, Social exchanges in the workplace
Publication Number: 3397132
ISBN: 978-1-109-67816-1
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