Organizational commitment among public and private sector professionals
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Public sector workers are partly portrayed as highly motivated and with relatively altruistic values, and partly as lazy and opportunistic. This article compares the level of organizational commitment in professional groups mainly employed in the private sector on the one hand (e.g., journalists, business administration graduates) with public sector professions (e.g., social workers, teachers) on the other. It turns out to be considerable variation among the public sector professions, with the highest commitment among teachers and the lowest among nurses, but no systematic difference between the sectors. The group variations in commitment are explained by perceived job rewards and work values only to a very limited extent.