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Asia Pacific Journal of Management

, Volume 27, Issue 2, pp 193–213 | Cite as

A multilevel model of affect and organizational commitment

  • Yan LiEmail author
  • David Ahlstrom
  • Neal M. Ashkanasy
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Abstract

This multilevel study investigates affective antecedents of organizational commitment. 230 individuals from 56 working groups were surveyed in eight mainland Chinese firms. The results showed that frequently experienced feelings of guilt and determination in organizations were positively related to increased organizational commitment. In addition, the increase of intragroup relationship conflict strengthened the negative association between chaotic emotions and organizational commitment. The findings suggest that the overall commitment to an organization is related to certain emotions in an organizational setting. This study, which employed a large sample from mainland China, proved consistent with past theory and empirical evidence from the West. A multilevel model of affective events theory with wide applicability is correspondingly proposed.

Keywords

Emotion Organizational commitment Affective events theory Multilevel analysis China 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of ManagementThe City University of Hong KongKowloonHong Kong
  2. 2.Department of Management, Faculty of Business AdministrationThe Chinese University of Hong KongShatinHong Kong
  3. 3.UQ Business SchoolUniversity of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia

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