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Investments and Involvements as Mechanisms Producing Commitment to the Organization

Mary E. Sheldon
Administrative Science Quarterly
Vol. 16, No. 2 (Jun., 1971), pp. 143-150
DOI: 10.2307/2391824
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2391824
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Abstract

The purpose of the study was to test the hypothesis that investments in a utilitarian organization will produce commitment to the organization regardless of other features of the relationship of the members to the organization. A survey study of Ph.D. scientists in a private laboratory supported this hypothesis. It was also found that professional commitment increased with work experience, and especially with a medium degree of length of service, operated to reduce commitment to the organization. Social involvements increased the commitment of the professionally competent men to the organization, thus reinforcing the effect of investments and mitigating the negative effects of professional commitment.

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