The impact of supervisor-subordinate relationships on morale: implications for public and private sector nurses' commitment

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Title The impact of supervisor-subordinate relationships on morale: implications for public and private sector nurses' commitment
Author Brunetto, Yvonne; Farr-Wharton, Rod; Shacklock, Kate Herring
Journal Name Human Resource Management Journal
Year Published 2010
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley Blackwell
Abstract This paper used Social Exchange Theory as a lens for comparing the impact of the supervisor-subordinate relationship on public and private nurses' perceptions of morale and affective commitment. Many OECD countries are experiencing nurse shortages and this theoretical framework proved insightful into factors contributing to turnover. The findings suggest that private sector nurses are significantly more satisfied with their supervision, enjoy greater morale and are more committed to their organisations. However, both groups were only slightly satisfied with their supervisor-subordinate relationships, implying that present management practices are not ideal for promoting effective workplace relationships. Implications for healthcare management are discussed.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/118497221/home
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1748-8583.2009.00117.x
Copyright Statement Copyright 2009 Wiley-Blackwell Publishing. This is the author-manuscript version of the paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.The definitive version is available at www.interscience.wiley.com
Volume 20
Issue Number 2
Page from 206
Page to 225
ISSN 0954-5395
Date Accessioned 2010-02-22
Date Available 2011-06-16T06:02:11Z
Language en_AU
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject Human Resources Management
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/29645
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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