Cross-Level Analysis of the Influence of Local Union Structure on Women's and Men's Union Commitment

Steven Mellor, John E. Mathieu, Janet K. Swim

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Abstract

The authors tested the influence of structural features of local unions (N = 43) on members' union commitment (N = 539) as moderated by members' gender. By using a cross-level analysis, they identified local structure with officers' ratings of innovation, formalization, and centralization. An anticipated interaction between gender and innovation was not found. However, as predicted, women's commitment was positively related to formalization and negatively related to centralization. In contrast, men's commitment was only slightly influenced by local formalization but was positively related to centralization. The need for structural redesign to enhance members' commitment, particularly among women, was discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)203-210
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Applied Psychology
Volume79
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1994

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  • Applied Psychology

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