Pride and respect in volunteers' organizational commitment
Article first published online: 2 JAN 2007
Copyright © 2007 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
European Journal of Social Psychology
Volume 38, Issue 1, pages 159–172, January/February 2008
How to Cite
Boezeman, E. J. and Ellemers, N. (2008), Pride and respect in volunteers' organizational commitment. Eur. J. Soc. Psychol., 38: 159–172. doi: 10.1002/ejsp.415
- Issue published online: 23 JAN 2008
- Article first published online: 2 JAN 2007
- Manuscript Accepted: 6 AUG 2006
- Manuscript Received: 20 DEC 2005
As volunteer organizations cannot rely on instrumental means to motivate their workers, we examine organizational commitment as a focal indicator of work motivation among volunteers. Based on a social identity analysis and previous work among paid employees, we argue that pride in the organization and respect from the organization predicts organizational commitment among volunteers. We further propose that among volunteers the perceived importance of volunteer work is an antecedent of pride, and that perceived support from the organization is an antecedent of respect. In this study among volunteer workers, Structural Equation Modeling (SEM) offers empirical support for our hypothesized model. In addition to the theoretical significance of developing a model that explains organizational commitment among volunteer workers, this study also has practical relevance, as it indicates that volunteer organizations might convey the importance of volunteer work and provide organizational support to induce pride and respect as a means of enhancing organizational commitment among their volunteers. Copyright © 2007 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.