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ORGANIZATIONAL COMMITMENT AND THE THEORY OF GENERATIONS: A CASE STUDY IN A METALLURGICAL COMPANY IN THE SERRA GAUCHA
The purpose of this study is to examine organizational commitment of employees at a metallurgical
company in Caxias do Sul, Brazil. The research was based on the model of the three components of
Meyer and Allen, which identifies three dimensions of organizational commitment: affective,
instrumental, and normative. A questionnaire was used to survey a sample of 311 employees.
Organizational commitment was analyzed comparing four groups of employees: veterans, baby
boomers, generation X, and generation Y. This theory of generations has its origin in the Strauss –
Howe generational theory, which proposes that in every century there are four different generations
and each generation behaves according to the characteristics and events of each generational
period. This investigation shows that there is an overall good employee commitment to the company and no significant differences between the three dimensions of commitment for the four generations
surveyed have been found.
PaperID: p 650-664
Author's Name: Franscico Honório Araújo Batista and Ademar Galelli
Volume: Volume 4
Issues: Volume 4
Keywords: Organizational Commitment; Theory of Generations; Metallurgical Company.