Organizational commitment of military physicians

Mil Med. 2009 Sep;174(9):929-35. doi: 10.7205/milmed-d-01-7808.


An individual's loyalty or bond to his or her employing organization, referred to as organizational commitment, influences various organizational outcomes such as employee motivation, job satisfaction, performance, accomplishment of organizational goals, employee turnover, and absenteeism. Therefore, as in other sectors, employee commitment is crucial also in the healthcare market. This study investigates the effects of organizational factors and personal characteristics on organizational commitment of military physicians using structural equation modeling (SEM) on a self-report, cross-sectional survey that consisted of 635 physicians working in the 2 biggest military hospitals in Turkey. The results of this study indicate that professional commitment and organizational incentives contribute positively to organizational commitment, whereas conflict with organizational goals makes a significantly negative contribution to it. These results might help develop strategies to increase employee commitment, especially in healthcare organizations, because job-related factors have been found to possess greater impact on organizational commitment than personal characteristics.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • Chi-Square Distribution
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Job Satisfaction
  • Linear Models
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Military Personnel / psychology*
  • Organizational Culture
  • Organizational Objectives
  • Personnel Loyalty*
  • Personnel Turnover
  • Physicians / psychology*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Turkey