Commitment and turnover; A study to the role of different forms of employment

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This thesis extends the knowledge about the negative relationship of organizational commitment on turnover intentions, and gives insights in the role of different forms of employment in this reciprocal relationship, based on the social exchange theory. Data for this research was collected by students of the Radboud University Nijmegen on the subject of the cross-cultural equivalence study on workplace commitment. The analyses revealed differences in organizational commitment between the three forms of employment and this research did find evidence for organizational commitment being a mediator between working in a employment form and turnover intentions. This study sheds light on turnover intentions of employees with different forms of employment. The findings show that the expected social exchange mechanisms do not explain attitudes and behaviours of self-employed workers, as it does for classically hired employees and temporary agency workers. By providing insight into this mechanism and the role of employment type, this thesis contributes to the theoretical development of organizational commitment and turnover intentions. Furthermore, this study calls for more research in explanations of contingent employees, based on other theories than social exchange.
Faculteit der Managementwetenschappen