Title: Determinants of role orientation and organisational commitment under skill-based pay: a path model

Authors: Mohammed A. Al-Waqfi, Naresh C. Agarwal

Addresses: College of Business and Economics, UAE University, P.O. Box 17555, Al-Ain, UAE. ' DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University, 1280 Main Street, Hamilton, Ontario L8S 4M4, Canada

Abstract: There is very little research that sheds light on employee attitudes under skill-based pay (SBP), in particular whether employees under SBP indeed exhibit attitudes essential for successful operation of such a pay plan. The current study uses a path analysis approach to examine how SBP affects employees| attitudes with particular focus on organisational commitment and role orientation. Based on data from a large sample of employees, it finds that selected perceived SBP plan characteristics are significant direct and indirect predictors of organisational commitment and role orientation. The study discusses various theoretical and practical implications that result from these findings.

Keywords: skill-based pay; organisational commitment; role orientation; employee attitudes; strategic compensation; firm performance.

DOI: 10.1504/IJHRDM.2006.009746

International Journal of Human Resources Development and Management, 2006 Vol.6 No.1, pp.4 - 21

Available online: 09 May 2006 *

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