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Affective commitment and job satisfaction among non-family employees: Investigating the roles of justice perceptions and psychological ownership

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  • Sieger, Philipp
  • Bernhard, Fabian
  • Frey, Urs
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    Due to numerous characteristics often attributed to family firms, they constitute a unique context for non-family employees' justice perceptions. These are linked to non-family employees' pro-organizational attitudes and behaviors, which are essential for family firms' success. Even though scholarly interest in non-family employees' justice perceptions has increased, more research is still needed, also because the mechanism connecting justice perceptions and favorable outcomes is not fully understood yet. We address this gap by explicitly investigating non-family employees' justice perceptions and by introducing psychological ownership as a mediator in the relationships between justice perceptions (distributive and procedural) and common work attitudes (affective commitment and job satisfaction). Our analysis of a sample of 310 non-family employees from Germany and German-speaking Switzerland reveals that psychological ownership mediates the relationships between distributive justice and affective commitment as well as job satisfaction. This represents valuable contributions to family business research, organizational justice and psychological ownership literature, and to practice.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Family Business Strategy.

    Volume (Year): 2 (2011)
    Issue (Month): 2 (June)
    Pages: 78-89

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    Keywords: Commitment Job satisfaction Justice perceptions Psychological ownership Non-family employees;

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    1. Neubaum, Donald O. & Dibrell, Clay & Craig, Justin B., 2012. "Balancing natural environmental concerns of internal and external stakeholders in family and non-family businesses," Journal of Family Business Strategy, Elsevier, vol. 3(1), pages 28-37.
    2. Rantanen, Noora & Jussila, Iiro, 2011. "F-CPO: A collective psychological ownership approach to capturing realized family influence on business," Journal of Family Business Strategy, Elsevier, vol. 2(3), pages 139-150.
    3. Ferrari, Filippo, 2013. "'The employees are all equal... but some are more equals than others'. Altruism, opportunism and discrimination in family SMEs," MPRA Paper 52391, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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