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Organizational commitment in Chinese small- and medium-sized enterprises: the role of extrinsic, intrinsic and social rewards

Newman, Alexander and Sheikh, Abdullah Z. 2012, Organizational commitment in Chinese small- and medium-sized enterprises: the role of extrinsic, intrinsic and social rewards, International journal of human resource management, vol. 23, no. 2, pp. 349-367.

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Title Organizational commitment in Chinese small- and medium-sized enterprises: the role of extrinsic, intrinsic and social rewards
Author(s) Newman, Alexander
Sheikh, Abdullah Z.
Journal name International journal of human resource management
Volume number 23
Issue number 2
Start page 349
End page 367
Total pages 19
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2012-01-01
ISSN 0958-5192
1466-4399
Keyword(s) China
culture
organizational commitment
rewards
small- and medium- sized enterprises
Summary This study investigates the relationship between organizational rewards and employee commitment in Chinese small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Hierarchical regression analysis was utilized to analyse survey data from 286 employees of 11 organizations. In line with what was hypothesized extrinsic rewards were found to be strongly related to both affective and continuance commitment, whereas satisfaction with supervision and role clarity positively influenced affective commitment. In contrast to previous empirical findings, autonomy and training provision were only found to influence continuance commitment. These findings have significant managerial implications regarding the utility of providing organizational rewards to enhance the commitment of Chinese employees. In order to promote employee commitment, SME managers could start by giving their employees greater autonomy and clarity regarding their role in the organization, as well as improving supervisor support. These are relatively inexpensive measures compared to the costly alternatives of improving extrinsic benefit packages and investing in employee training.
Language eng
Field of Research 150305 Human Resources Management
1503 Business And Management
1505 Marketing
Socio Economic Objective 970115 Expanding Knowledge in Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2012, Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30080400

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Department of Management
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