The relationship between career satisfaction and organisational commitment: evidence from the Kuwaiti banking sector

Valerie Anderson, Nizar Baidoun

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Abstract

Purpose: Grounded in Social Cognitive Career Theory (SCCT), this study examines the influence of contextual factors on the relationship between career satisfaction and organizational commitment, within the banking sector in Kuwait.

Design/methodology/approach: The study utilized a cross-sectional design analyzing a self-report questionnaire (N = 278).

Findings: The study investigates affective, normative and continuance commitment in relation to career satisfaction, within the banking sector in Kuwait. Findings indicate a positive relationship between career satisfaction and all of affective, normative and continuance commitment; although the relationship that appears to be the strongest is between career satisfaction and normative commitment.

Research limitations/implications: The single site, cross-sectional approach is a limitation. The data were collected before the Covid-19 Pandemic. Future research into career satisfaction and organizational commitment in different sectors is necessary and a replication of this study in a post-Covid context would also be valuable.

Originality/value: This study combines the use of established constructs with a SCCT theoretical lends to contribute new theorization of the relationship between career satisfaction and organizational commitment in non-Western cultural contexts. It challenges assumptions in current theorization of the relationship between career satisfaction and commitment that privilege affective commitment over other dimensions.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Journal of Training and Development
Publication statusAccepted for publication - 30 Aug 2023

Keywords

  • Kuwait
  • Societal Culture
  • Career Satisfaction
  • Organizational Commitment
  • Social Cognitive Career Theory (SCCT)

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