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Commitment and work-related expectations in flexible employment forms: An empirical study of German IT freelancers


  • Süß, Stefan
  • Kleiner, Markus


Summary For some years now a tendency towards a more flexible shaping of employment can be observed. Little research, however, has been dedicated to the question of how relevant this is for the commitment of freelance employees. Therefore, the paper reverts to the question whether - and if so, under what preconditions - freelancers are likely to feel commitment towards the company that employs them. On the basis of an empirical study among IT freelancers, the paper identifies freelance clusters following their work-related expectations. Consequences for their felt commitment hence ensue. All in all it is mainly an affective commitment towards their company that they perceive.

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  • Süß, Stefan & Kleiner, Markus, 2010. "Commitment and work-related expectations in flexible employment forms: An empirical study of German IT freelancers," European Management Journal, Elsevier, vol. 28(1), pages 40-54, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:eurman:v:28:y:2010:i:1:p:40-54

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    1. Ten Bos, René & Rhodes, Carl, 2003. "The game of exemplarity: subjectivity, work and the impossible politics of purity," Scandinavian Journal of Management, Elsevier, vol. 19(4), pages 403-423, December.
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    1. Süß, Stefan & Sayah, Shiva, 2013. "Balance between work and life: A qualitative study of German contract workers," European Management Journal, Elsevier, vol. 31(3), pages 250-262.
    2. Sascha Alexander Ruhle & Heiko Breitsohl, 2012. "Residuales organisationales Commitment: Ein konzeptioneller Ansatz zur Erweiterung der Bindungsforschung
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    3. Carlos Pais Montes & Maria Jesús Freire Seoane & Beatriz López Bermúdez, 2016. "Perfiles de empleabilidad: de las competencias a las identidades," Investigaciones de Economía de la Educación volume 11,in: José Manuel Cordero Ferrera & Rosa Simancas Rodríguez (ed.), Investigaciones de Economía de la Educación 11, edition 1, volume 11, chapter 43, pages 771-794 Asociación de Economía de la Educación.


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