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Enhancing commitment through work empowerment

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posted on 2012-11-30, 10:15 authored by Anita Liu, W.M. Chiu, Richard Fellows
Purpose – The research objectives are to investigate the perception of work empowerment of quantity surveyors and to determine whether perceived work empowerment is an antecedent of commitment. Design/methodology/approach – An exploratory study amongst quantity surveyors in four different types of construction industry organisations in Hong Kong is conducted. Data are collected by use of established questionnaires, yielding 136 valid responses. Findings – Organisational commitment comprises dimensions of effectiveness and continuance. It is found that when the perception of work empowerment increases, organisational commitment increases accordingly. Work empowerment is related to affective commitment rather than continuance commitment. Professional qualification and nationality are positively correlated with both dimensions of organisational commitment. Chinese chartered quantity surveyors show more commitment to their organisations. Generally, male QS shows less continuance commitment and the longer the QS has worked for the organisation (particularly in consultancy firms), the less continuance commitment one has. Originality/value – The regression analysis supports the relationship of commitment and work empowerment. Work empowerment enhances self-efficacy and, through motivation and commitment, leads to increased performance and effectiveness.



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LIU, A.M.M., CHIU, W.M. and FELLOWS, R., 2007. Enhancing commitment through work empowerment. Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, 14 (6), pp. 568 - 580.


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This article was published in the journal, Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management [© Emerald Group Publishing Limited] and the definitive version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/09699980710829021






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