n Management Dynamics : Journal of the Southern African Institute for Management Scientists - The nature and measurement of multiple commitment foci amongst South Africanknowledge workers

Volume 12, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1019-567X



This study examines the nature and measurement of multiple commitments amongst South African knowledge workers. Interviews and Repertory Grids were used toi dentify the different foci of commitment relevant to South African knowledge workers. Six commitment foci were uncovered. Three of which (organisation, co-worker, and immediate manager) emerged as particularly salient to knowledge workers. Survey responses from 135 knowledge workers (n=135) were analysed to uncover the dimensionality of each commitment focus, and to evaluate the relationship between commitment foci. The results provide preliminary support for the extension of the three component model of commitment to multiple foci of commitment, and indicate the value of the multiple foci approach for explaining employee turnover.

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