Concept Redundancy and Rater Naivety in Organizational Research


Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Dr. Paula C. Morrow, Department of Management, Iowa State University, 300 Carver Hall, Ames, IA 50011–2065.


The validity of five work commitment concepts is assessed via content analysis. The role of rater naivety (i.e., familiarity) with the concepts and measures used is also evaluated. Organizational commitment and Protestant work ethic were found to be least redundant. Naive raters demonstrated more redundancy than raters familiar with the concepts and measures. The implications of these findings for the study of work commitment and organizational research in general are discussed.