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Effects of work environment variables on Chinese prison staff organizational commitment
Jiang,Shanhe1; Lambert,Eric G.2; Liu,Jianhong3; Kelley,Thomas M.1; Zhang,Jinwu3
2019-06-19
Source PublicationAustralian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology
ISSN18379273 00048658
Volume51Issue:2Pages:275-292
Abstract

Staff are critical for the proper functioning of a prison; empirical research into the forces that affect salient organizational attitudes of staff, such as organizational commitment, is equally important. A survey instrument measuring affective commitment and personal (i.e. gender, tenure, age, and educational level), job (i.e. perceived dangerousness of the job, job variety, and supervision), and organizational variables (i.e. instrumental communication and input into decision-making) was completed by 322 employees in two prisons in southern China. The results of ordinary least squares regression showed that job and organizational variables of perceived dangerousness of the job, job variety, supervision, instrumental communication, and decentralization explained 54% of the variance in the dependent variable organizational commitment and were much stronger predictors than personal characteristics. Among the significant variables, decentralization had the largest sized effect, followed by perceived job dangerousness, job variety, and instrumental communication. Except for the organizational variable of perceived supervision quality, the job and organizational predictors of affective commitment for these Chinese prison staff appear to mirror those typically found for staff in US prisons.

KeywordChina Correctional Staff Organizational Commitment Prison Work Environment
DOI10.1177/0004865817720628
URLView the original
Indexed BySSCI
Language英语
WOS Research AreaCriminology & Penology
WOS SubjectCriminology & Penology
WOS IDWOS:000433105800007
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Document TypeJournal article
CollectionDEPARTMENT OF SOCIOLOGY
Corresponding AuthorJiang,Shanhe
Affiliation1.Wayne State University,United States
2.The University of Mississippi,United States
3.The University of Macau,Macao
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Jiang,Shanhe,Lambert,Eric G.,Liu,Jianhong,et al. Effects of work environment variables on Chinese prison staff organizational commitment[J]. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology,2019,51(2):275-292.
APA Jiang,Shanhe,Lambert,Eric G.,Liu,Jianhong,Kelley,Thomas M.,&Zhang,Jinwu.(2019).Effects of work environment variables on Chinese prison staff organizational commitment.Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology,51(2),275-292.
MLA Jiang,Shanhe,et al."Effects of work environment variables on Chinese prison staff organizational commitment".Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology 51.2(2019):275-292.
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