Gender and emotions at work: A reconceptualization of organizational commitment

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Title Gender and emotions at work: A reconceptualization of organizational commitment
Author Boyle, Maree Veronica; Fisher, Ron James; Fulop, Liz
Publication Title 18th Annual Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management
Editor Graham Elkin
Year Published 2004
Place of publication Otago NZ
Publisher Otago University/ANZAM
Abstract In this paper we propose a reconceptualization of organizational commitment utilizing current theoretical developments on gender and emotions in the workplace. We contend that, as organizational commitment has been studied mainly from a functionalist and positivist approach, that an interpretive methodological approach should be utilized to further develop the concept of organizational commitment. The reasons for this reconceptualization are related to the fact that commitment has been predominantly studied from a psychological perspective with a focus on affective and behavioral aspects of commitment. Current approaches focus on measurement rather than on the meaning of commitment itself. Important issues such as emotions and gender are not considered. As a consequence, the commitment of women, and some men, is not accurately and clearly understood in the context of the modern workplace. This leads to the perception that women, and some men, are lacking in commitment to their organizations. We discuss preliminary themes that have emerged from early analysis of how university academics conceptualize commitment. These themes reflect gender-biased and emotion-laden indicators of levels of commitment.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.business.otago.ac.nz/mgmt/ANZAM2004/
Alternative URI http://www.business.otago.ac.nz/mgmt/ANZAM2004/CD/Papers/abstract270.htm
Copyright Statement Copyright 2004 Australian & New Zealand Academy of Management. Use hypertext link for access to publisher's website.
ISBN 0476011310
Conference name 18th Annual Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management
Location Otago NZ
Date From 2004-12-08
Date To 2004-12-11
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/2266
Date Accessioned 2005-03-24
Date Available 2010-01-18T06:52:19Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Institute For Tourism; Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject PRE2009-Business and Management
Publication Type Conference Publications (Full Written Paper - Refereed)
Publication Type Code e1

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