African Journal of
Business Management

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Bus. Manage.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1993-8233
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJBM
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 4094

Full Length Research Paper

Understanding the antecedents of affective organizational commitment and turnover intention of academics in Malaysia: The organizational support theory perspectives

Lew Tek Yew
School of Business, Curtin University of Technology, CDT 250, 98009 Miri Sarawak, Malaysia.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 25 June 2010
  •  Published: 04 April 2011



This study aims to test the structural model that explains the relationships between career development opportunities, POS, felt obligation, affective organizational commitment and turnover intention of academics working for one of the foreign offshore campuses of Australian universities in Malaysia. This study is driven theoretically by the social exchange theory and the organizational support theory. The structural equation modeling (SEM) method was used to test the fitness of the structural model and the hypothesized model represented a good fit to the data. This paper contributes to the limited body of knowledge about the psychological processes underlying the formation of organizational commitment through the perspectives of the social exchange theory (Blau, 1964) and the organizational support theory (Eisenberger et al., 1986; Eisenberger et al., 2001).


Key words:  Perceived organizational support, affective organizational commitment, turnover intention.