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Using profit sharing to enhance employee attitudes: a longitudinal examination of the effects on trust and commitment

Coyle-Shapiro, Jacqueline A-M., Morrow, Paula C., Richardson, Ray and Dunn, Stephen R. (2002) Using profit sharing to enhance employee attitudes: a longitudinal examination of the effects on trust and commitment. Human Resource Management, 41 (4). pp. 423-439. ISSN 1099-050X

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The ability of profit sharing to increase organizational performance via positive changes in employee attitudes has yielded mixed results. Drawing on principal agent, expectancy and organizational justice theories, this paper assesses how perceptions of profit sharing (capacity for individual contribution and organizational reciprocity) alter organizational commitment and trust in management using longitudinal data provided by 141 engineering employees. Favorable perceptions of profit sharing served to increase organizational commitment while only organizational reciprocity predicted trust in management. The relationship between organizational reciprocity and commitment was partially mediated by trust in management. Implications for the design of profit sharing initiatives are noted.

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Additional Information: © 2002 Wiley Periodicals Inc. Using profit sharing to enhance employee attitudes: A longitudinal examination of the effects on trust and commitment, Jacqueline A-M. Coyle-Shapiro, Paula C. Morrow, Ray Richardson & Stephen R. Dunn, Human Resource Management 41(4). Copyright 2002 John Wiley & Sons, Inc. LSE has developed LSE Research Online so that users may access research output of the School. Copyright and Moral Rights for the papers on this site are retained by the individual authors and/or other copyright owners. Users may download and/or print one copy of any article(s) in LSE Research Online to facilitate their private study or for non-commercial research. You may not engage in further distribution of the material or use it for any profit-making activities or any commercial gain. You may freely distribute the URL (<>) of the LSE Research Online website.
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Date Deposited: 05 Jul 2006
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2024 12:06

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