2004
Volume 21, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 0921-5077
  • E-ISSN: 1875-7235

Abstract

Predictors of commitment with a merged organisation: a social-psychological study among employees of Community Centres for Mental Health in Flanders (Belgium)

Predictors of commitment with a merged organisation: a social-psychological study among employees of Community Centres for Mental Health in Flanders (Belgium)

J. Van Raes, N. Vanbeselaere, F. Boen, H. De Witte & S. Oudermans, Gedrag & Organisatie, volume 21, August 2008, nr. 3, pp. 226-253.

Research reveals that employees with a strong organizational commitment report more well-being, stronger job involvement, and are less inclined to leave their organisation. While more and more organisations are involved in a merger, a growing number of studies also show that employees have difficulties to commit themselves to the newly formed merger organisation. We therefore conducted a survey study (N = 188) to examine which of nine proposed factors predict organizational commitment among employees of merged community centres for mental health. These factors were derived from studies inspired by the social identity approach. Commitment with the merger organisation was significantly predicted by four factors: successful functioning of the new merger centre, pre-merger commitment, perceived merger necessity and perceived continuity of the pre-merger group. Based on these results, we propose a number of practical suggestions that seem useful to strengthen commitment with a merged organisation.

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