Examining organizational citizenship behavior of Japanese employees: A multidimensional analysis of the relationship to organizational commitment

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Abstract

Although there is now considerable research concerning organizational citizenship behavior (OCB), little is known about the possibility of the transposition of such a research topic to a Japanese context. This study proposes and substantiates a three-dimension model of OCB in the Japanese context, comprising voluntary involvement, generalized compliance, and personal industry. Furthermore, the examination of the relationship between organizational commitment and OCB indicates that affective commitment is positively associated with voluntary involvement and personal industry. Also, continuance commitment is positively related to generalized compliance and, simultaneously, negatively associated with voluntary involvement. Finally, theoretical and practical implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)425-444
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Journal of Human Resource Management
Volume26
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Feb 21
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Japanese employees
  • generalized compliance
  • organizational citizenship behavior
  • organizational commitment
  • personal industry
  • voluntary involvement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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