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Dual Commitment in the Australian Construction Industry

Bakalis, Steve, Joiner, Therese A and Leveson, Lynne (2010) Dual Commitment in the Australian Construction Industry. Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources, 48 (3). pp. 302-318. ISSN 1038-4111

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Abstract

The rapid growth in the size and nature of ‘non-standard’ work arrangements (such as co-employment) has raised questions about their effect on the commitment and loyalty of the workers concerned. While maintaining and encouraging employee commitment is a core human resource management function in standard work arrangements, there is far less guidance available for equivalent practice within a non-standard context. Additionally, it remains unclear as to whether organisational behaviour theories used to explain commitment in the standard work context are generalisable to less traditional work settings. The study described here measured the commitment and perceived support (organisational and social) of labour-hire workers in the Australian construction industry to their employing agency and their current host firm. Also investigated was the relationship between these forms of support and affective commitment to both entities. The results indicate that the workers were committed to both entities although their commitment to and their perceptions of organisational and social support from the employing agency was higher. Further, we found a positive association between employing agency affective commitment and both forms of perceived support and a positive association between host affective commitment and perceived host organisational support. These results affirm the existence of dual commitment and highlight the role that positive perceptions of support play in engendering this commitment. While the findings indicate that conventional organisational theories are relevant to human resource management practices in coemployment relationships, it is suggested that such practices must account for the great diversity of contexts, employees and employment arrangements that characterise these relationships.

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Online ISSN: 1744-7941

Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID21276. Australian construction industry, building sector, construction sector, contract labour, working conditions, human resources, human resource management, HRM, employee commitment, labour-hire workers, employer-employee relationship, employees, employment agencies co-employment, dual commitment, organisational support, social support, commitment, Australia
Subjects: Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Economics and Finance
FOR Classification > 1503 Business and Management
SEO Classification > 9104 Management and Productivity
Depositing User: VUIR
Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2011 04:03
Last Modified: 05 Mar 2015 06:28
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/7091
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/1038411110378957
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