Commitment Profiles and Voluntary Turnover Intentions: An Empirical Assessment of “Two-Faces” Conceptualization of Normative Commitment

Ramaprasad, Badrinarayan S and Rao, Shreelatha and Prabhu, Nandan K. P (2020) Commitment Profiles and Voluntary Turnover Intentions: An Empirical Assessment of “Two-Faces” Conceptualization of Normative Commitment. Prabandhan Indian journal of management, 13 (5-7). pp. 7-25. ISSN 09752854

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We investigated how affective commitment (AC), continuance commitment (CC), and normative commitment (NC) coalesced to elicit different commitment profiles to differentially exercise their effects on voluntary turnover intentions (VTOI) among 752 information technology (IT) professionals from the Indian IT sector. The key purpose, however, of this research endeavor was to empirically examine the validity of the “two-faces” conceptualization of NC [i.e. indebted obligation and moral imperative]. The empirical findings, in this connection, first comported to the multi-dimensional nature of organizational commitment (OC) comprising the three components of AC, NC, and CC. Second, the results did not exhibit the presence of high inter-correlation between the construct AC and NC. Third, of the six identified commitment profiles, highly committed [High AC–NC–CC] profile was found to be the strongest in alleviating the VTOI among the IT professionals. VTOI was found to be the most severe in employees who belonged to the least committed [Low AC–NC–CC] profile. Fourth, as regards the construct of NC, the empirical findings of this study offered very little evidence, if any, to support the “two-faces” conceptualization of NC and comported to the idea of NC as a unidimensional construct that is driven fundamentally by introjected regulation. This is because the construct of NC was not found to alleviate VTOI among employees over and above AC, a fundamental assumption of the two-face theory. Last, the findings of this study did not reveal the existence of high NC–CC commitment profile, thereby casting doubts on whether employees even experience ‘indebted-obligation’ towards their respective organizations.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Two-face theory, normative commitment, information technology, turnover intentions, organizational commitment, India
Subjects: Hotel Management > WGSHA Manipal
Depositing User: WGSHA EPrints Administrator
Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2020 09:10
Last Modified: 05 Aug 2020 09:10

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