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Organizational Commitment over the Gendered Life Course at a Mexican Company


  • Krista M. Brumley

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    1. Wayne State University
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Mexican workplaces have changed significantly in response to the global marketplace by restructuring, downsizing, and implementing new production and administrative processes. This case study analyzes organizational commitment at a Mexican-owned multinational corporation within the context of workplace transformation. Based on in-depth interviews with 83 women and men, I identify two sources of commitment—family-friendly and career-friendly employment practices. Using the framework of the gendered life course, I show commitment fluctuated given the employees' stage in the life course. This study builds on the gender and work research by exploring how individual attributes of gender and parental status contribute to organizational commitment, but are underscored by the complexity of workplace context.