Publication Details

Jones, M. L., Zanko, M. & Kriflik, G. (2006). On the antecedents of career commitment. In J. Kennedy & L. Di Milia (Eds.), Proceedings of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference (pp. 1-22). Rockhampton, Australia: Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management.


Organisational commitment, as a subset of the psychological contract, is an important consideration for organisational leaders to foster. Strong positive commitment can lead to increased levels of devotion, loyalty, and effort and can reduce costs associated with turnover. This paper provides a brief overview of the development of commitment, with a particular focus on career commitment. Following this, a review of current research into the antecedents of career commitment is provided. Next, it discusses seven of the most relevant antecedent factors. The paper concludes by identifying the implications of these antecedents for future research.