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The Psychological Relationship between Companies and Freelancers: An Empirical Study of the Commitment and the Work-related Expectations of Freelancers

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  • Stefan Suess

    () (University of Hagen, Faculty of Applied Economics, Department of Business Administration)

  • Markus Kleiner

    () (University of Hagen, Faculty of Applied Economics, Department of Business Administration)

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

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  • Stefan Suess & Markus Kleiner, 2007. "The Psychological Relationship between Companies and Freelancers: An Empirical Study of the Commitment and the Work-related Expectations of Freelancers," management revue. Socio-economic Studies, Rainer Hampp Verlag, vol. 18(3), pages 251-270.
  • Handle: RePEc:rai:mamere:doi_10.1688/1861-9908_mrev_2007_03_suess
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    Keywords

    Commitment; Flexible Employment Forms; Freelanced Employees; Work-related Expectations;

    JEL classification:

    • F23 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - Multinational Firms; International Business
    • J53 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining - - - Labor-Management Relations; Industrial Jurisprudence
    • M10 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - General

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