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Committed to whom? Unraveling how relational job design influences volunteers’ turnover intentions and time spent volunteering

Committed to whom? Unraveling how relational job design influences volunteers’ turnover intentions and time spent volunteering

Alfes, Kerstin, Shantz, Amanda and Saksida, Tina (2014) Committed to whom? Unraveling how relational job design influences volunteers’ turnover intentions and time spent volunteering. VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, 26 (6). pp. 2479-2499. ISSN 0957-8765 (Print), 1573-7888 (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1007/s11266-014-9526-2)

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Abstract

This study presents a framework for understanding the processes through which volunteers’ perception of relational job design influences their turnover intentions and time spent volunteering. Data sourced from an international aid and development agency in the United Kingdom (n = 534 volunteers) show that volunteers who perceive that their roles are relationally designed (1) report lower intentions to leave their voluntary organization due to their commitment to the voluntary organization; and (2) dedicate more time to volunteering because they are more committed to the beneficiaries of their work. These findings make a theoretical contribution by uncovering two mechanisms that explain how the positive consequences of relational job design unfold.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © International Society for Third-Sector Research and The Johns Hopkins University 2014. The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11266-014-9526-2
Uncontrolled Keywords: Relational job design, Foci of commitment, Turnover intentions, Volunteer time
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business > Department of Human Resources & Organisational Behaviour
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2016 09:26
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/14284

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