Commitment to organizational change: extension of a three-component model

J Appl Psychol. 2002 Jun;87(3):474-87. doi: 10.1037/0021-9010.87.3.474.


Three studies were conducted to test the application of a three-component model of workplace commitment (J. P. Meyer & N. J. Allen, 1991: J. P. Meyer & L. Herscovitch, 2001) in the context of employee commitment to organizational change. Study 1, conducted with 224 university students, provided preliminary evidence for the validity of newly developed Affective, Continuance, and Normative Commitment to Change Scales. Studies 2 and 3, conducted with hospital nurses (N = 157 and 108, respectively), provided further support for the validity of the three Commitment to Change Scales, and demonstrated that (a) commitment to a change is a better predictor of behavioral support for a change than is organizational commitment, (b) affective and normative commitment to a change are associated with higher levels of support than is continuance commitment, and (c) the components of commitment combine to predict behavior.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Attitude*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Job Satisfaction
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Models, Theoretical*
  • Organizational Culture*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Workplace / psychology*