Foci of attachment in organizations: A meta-analytic comparison of the strength and correlates of workgroup versus organizational identification and commitment

Michael Riketta*, Rolf Van Dick

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Abstract

The workgroup and the organization as a whole are common foci of employee attachment (i.e., identification and commitment). This study reviews theorizing and empirical research on the relative impact of attachment to these foci on work attitudes and behavior. Confirming predictions derived from a wide range of previous models, a meta-analysis revealed that (a) on average workgroup attachment is stronger than organizational attachment and (b) each form of attachment is most strongly related to potential outcome variables of the same focus. Practical implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)490-510
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Vocational Behavior
Volume67
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2005

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