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Chapter 2: Commitment in the Workplace: Past, Present, and Future
Commitment in the Workplace: Past, Present, and Future
Theory and research pertaining to commitment in the workplace had its roots in the Human Relations movement in the mid-20th century, but arguably came to life in the 1970s due in large measure to a program of research conducted by Lyman Porter, Richard Mowday and Richard Steers. Their seminal book on commitment (Mowday et al., 1982) was a major impetus for subsequent theory development and research. Today, a literature search for publications pertaining to commitment in a work context yields close to 2000 entries.
Our objectives in this chapter are to provide a brief history of theory and research on workplace commitment and to illustrate the tremendous developments that have taken ...