Weak Links and Strong Links: Employee Commitment and Performance

  • Karen N. Gaertner
  • Stanley D. Nollen


During the last decade American companies have looked in many quarters for ways to improve performance. Different human resource strategies have been tried, from demassing and downsizing to career planning and employee involvement. Despite the self-evident importance of employee performance to the firm, few definitive statements can be made about how it can be increased. One performance improvement strategy that has been tried is to create a highly committed workforce, a workforce that is tightly linked to the firm —loyal, unlikely to leave. The implicit assumption is that a committed workforce is also a high performing workforce. Therefore, by creating commitment, higher performance will surely follow. Unfortunately, this assumption is not always valid.


Organizational Commitment Career Opportunity Employment Security Promotion Opportunity Career Employment 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • Karen N. Gaertner
    • 1
  • Stanley D. Nollen
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Business AdministrationGeorgetown UniversityUSA

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