The effect of organizational commitment on employee creativity: what is the role of a temporary work contract?
The objective of this research was to analyse the relationship between organizational commitment and creativity for employees with a temporary contract, through the lens of the social exchange theory (SET) and within the Dutch context. The study tested whether the relationship between organizational commitment and employee creativity was moderated by the contract type of the employee. The research was conducted by means of a survey among the Dutch workforce. 861 Dutch employees filled in the questionnaire. The study found a positive relationship between organizational commitment and employee creativity. Furthermore, the results showed a negative significant relationship between temporary employment and organizational commitment. The study found no evidence for the relationship between temporary employment and employee creativity. Finally, temporary employment positively moderated the relationship between organizational commitment and employee creativity. The findings of this study constitute a significant contribution to the scientific and practical knowledge on the relationship between organizational commitment and employee creativity and the effect of a temporary work contract. The study showed the importance of focussing on temporary employees in order to create a committed workforce. Also, to create a creative environment, organizations are advised to make sure that employees are committed towards the organization.
Faculteit der Managementwetenschappen