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The implications of direct participation for organisational commitment, job satisfaction and affective psychological well-being: a longitudinal analysis

Gallie, D; Zhou, Y; Felstead, A; Green, F; Henseke, G; (2017) The implications of direct participation for organisational commitment, job satisfaction and affective psychological well-being: a longitudinal analysis. Industrial Relations Journal , 48 (2) pp. 174-191. 10.1111/irj.12174. Green open access

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Abstract

The article examines the implications of direct participation for employees' organisational commitment, job satisfaction and affective psychological well-being. It focuses on both task discretion and organisational participation. Applying fixed effect models to nationally representative longitudinal data, the study provides a more rigorous assessment of the conflicting claims for the effects of participation that have hitherto been based primarily on cross-sectional evidence. Further, it tests a range of mechanisms by which direct participation leads to improved employee outcomes. Contrary to the critical literature, it shows that even after controlling for unobserved individual heterogeneity, both forms of direct participation have positive effects for employees' organisational commitment and well-being. The effects of task discretion are primarily direct, reflecting the intrinsic importance of personal control over the job task; in contrast, those of organisational participation derive to a greater extent from its indirect effect on the quality of working conditions.

Type: Article
Title: The implications of direct participation for organisational commitment, job satisfaction and affective psychological well-being: a longitudinal analysis
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/irj.12174
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.1111/irj.12174
Language: English
Additional information: © 2017 The Authors. Industrial Relations Journal published by Brian Towers (BRITOW) and John Wiley & Sons Ltd. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Education, Practice and Society
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1561646
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