Employment Status and Commitment to Work in Professions
Journal article, Peer reviewed
Postprint version. original article available at u r l: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0143831 x09343990
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Original versionAbrahamsen, B. (2010). Employment Status and Commitment to Work in Professions. Economic and Industrial Democracy, 31 (1) , 95-115 http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0143831X09343990
The main question in the article is to what degree underemployed and overemployed professionals are committed to the profession and the organization which employs them. Ten professional groups are included in the study and more than one in four respondents are either underemployed or overemployed. The results show that overemployment affects commitment to the profession and the organization negatively. Unexpectedly, underemployed professionals do not report weaker commitment either to the profession or to the organization compared to colleagues who work an equal but preferred number of hours.