Exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis of measurement scale for psychological attachment to an organization

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Warit Wipulanusat Nakhon Kokkaew Piya Parnphumeesup Jirapon Sunkpho

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This purpose of this study is to investigate the factor structure of the psychological attachment to an organization (PAO) in the Australian Public Service (APS). Data were analyzed using exploratory factor analysis (EFA) and confirmatory factor analysis (CFA). Results revealed eight items with two-factor structure of the measurement scale were retained. This study also provides a reliable measurement scale to measure psychological attachment to an organization in the public sector. The two factors extracted to characterize psychological attachment to an organization were organizational trust and organizational identification, both of which contribute to a stabilizing force that connects individuals with organizations. The motivational context of the public sector differs from the private sector due to the absence of the traditional rewards available in the private sector (e.g., bonuses, performance-based pay, and employee stock options), and as such organizational trust and identification are significant components of psychological attachment to an organization of employees in public sectors. As a result, governments can benefit from public servants who have developed a close association with their organizations.This purpose of this study is to investigate the factor structure of the psychological attachment to an organization (PAO) in the Australian Public Service (APS). Data were analyzed using exploratory factor analysis (EFA) and confirmatory factor analysis (CFA). Results revealed eight items with two-factor structure of the measurement scale were retained. This study also provides a reliable measurement scale to measure psychological attachment to an organization in the public sector. The two factors extracted to characterize psychological attachment to an organization were organizational trust and organizational identification, both of which contribute to a stabilizing force that connects individuals with organizations. The motivational context of the public sector differs from the private sector due to the absence of the traditional rewards available in the private sector (e.g., bonuses, performance-based pay, and employee stock options), and as such organizational trust and identification are significant components of psychological attachment to an organization of employees in public sectors. As a result, governments can benefit from public servants who have developed a close association with their organizations.

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Wipulanusat, W., Kokkaew, N., Parnphumeesup, P., & Sunkpho, J. (2019). Exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis of measurement scale for psychological attachment to an organization. WMS Journal of Management, 8(3), 1-11. Retrieved from https://www.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/wms/article/view/206311
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Author Biographies

Warit Wipulanusat

School of Engineering and Techonology, Walailak University

Nakhon Kokkaew

Faculty of Engineering, Chulalongkorn University

Piya Parnphumeesup

School of Management, Walailak University

Jirapon Sunkpho

College of Innovation, Thammasat University

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