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Affective Commitment and Job Satisfaction Among Non-family Employees : Investigating the Roles of Justice Perceptions and Psychological Ownership

Philipp Sieger, Fabian Bernhard & Urs Frey

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abstract 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 need, 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
   
type journal paper
   
keywords Non-family employees; Organizational Justice; Psychological Ownership; Affective Commitment; Job Satisfaction
   
project Human Resource Management in Familienunternehmen
language English
kind of paper journal article
date of appearance 6-2011
journal Journal of Family Business Strategy
publisher Elsevier (Amsterdam)
ISSN 1877-8585
ISSN (online) 1877-8593
DOI 10.1016/j.jfbs.2011.03.003
volume of journal 2
number of issue 2
page(s) 78-89
review double-blind review
   
citation Sieger, P., Bernhard, F., & Frey, U. (2011). Affective Commitment and Job Satisfaction Among Non-family Employees: Investigating the Roles of Justice Perceptions and Psychological Ownership. Journal of Family Business Strategy, 2(2), 78-89, DOI:10.1016/j.jfbs.2011.03.003.