n Management Dynamics : Journal of the Southern African Institute for Management Scientists - Meaning in life and meaning of work : relationships with organisational citizenship behaviour, commitment and job satisfaction

Volume 16, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1019-567X



The present study investigated, within a public accounting organisation, the relationships between meaning (both of work and experienced in life), job satisfaction, organisational commitment and Organisational Citizenship Behaviour (OCB). A sample of 102 trainee and qualified Chartered Accountants (CAs) were surveyed. Significant positive correlation coefficients were found among all the constructs. Meaning, therefore, was found to have direct and mediated relationships with OCB. The correlations between the three constructs (i.e. job satisfaction, organisational commitment and OCB) and the two meaning constructs i.e. Meaning of Work (MOW) and Meaning in Life (MIL), were compared by transforming them to Z-scores. These two sets of correlations were not found to be significantly different from one another. The results highlight the importance to the organisation, of meaning, as derived from both work and other sources, as a significant driver of success.

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