Government career commitment and the shaping of work environment perceptions

Dong Chul Shim, John Rohrbaugh

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This article examines government career commitment and its relation to perceptions of the work environment as well as reports of career decisions and behaviors. The results of a field survey of 385 government employees from 11 state agencies suggested that stronger government career commitment was linked to reports of greater job involvement, more organizational commitment, and lower turnover intention. Results also suggested that government career commitment has a positive relation with perceptions of situational characteristics such as human resource development, performance feedback, variety, challenge, and mission importance. Occupational differences were reviewed to examine whether they influenced the extent to which government career commitment had shaped employees' perceptions of their jobs, office, and agencies, as well as their reports of job involvement, organizational commitment, and turnover intention. Findings indicated that the government career commitment of professional/technical employees was related to their perceptions of jobs, offices, and agencies, but minimal effects were found in occupational categories of secretarial/clerical or managerial/executive.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)263-284
Number of pages22
JournalAmerican Review of Public Administration
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2011 May
Externally publishedYes


  • career commitment
  • occupations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Public Administration
  • Marketing


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