The link between job satisfaction and organizational commitment: differences between public and private sector employees

Yannis Markovits, Ann J. Davis, Doris Fay, Rolf van Dick

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Abstract

Employees in the public and private sectors experience different working conditions and employment relationships. Therefore, it can be assumed that their attitudes toward their job and organizations, and relationships between them, are different. The existing literature has identified the relationship between organizational commitment and job satisfaction as interesting in this context. The present field study examines the satisfaction–commitment link with respect to differences between private and public sector employees. A sample of 617 Greek employees (257 from the private sector and 360 from the public sector) completed standardized questionnaires. Results confirmed the hypothesized relationship differences: Extrinsic satisfaction and intrinsic satisfaction are more strongly related to affective commitment and normative commitment for public sector employees than for private sector ones. The results are discussed, limitations are considered, and directions for future research are proposed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)177-196
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Public Management Journal
Volume13
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2010

Bibliographical note

This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article published in Markovits, Y., Davis, A. J., Fay, D., & van Dick, R. (2010). The link between job satisfaction and organizational commitment: differences between public and private sector employees. International public management journal, 13(2), 177-196. International public management journal 2010 © Taylor & Francis, available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/10967491003756682

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