International Journal of
Educational Administration and Policy Studies

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Educ. Admin. Pol. Stud.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-6656
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJEAPS
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 195

Full Length Research Paper

The affective commitment of academics in a university in Botswana

Esther Nkhukhu-Orlando
  • Esther Nkhukhu-Orlando
  • Department of Sociology, University of Botswana, Private Bag 00705 Gaborone, Botswana.
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Byron Brown
  • Byron Brown
  • Botswana Accountancy College, University of Derby in Botswana, School of Business and Leisure Gaborone, Botswana.
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Debra Rose Wilson
  • Debra Rose Wilson
  • Botswana Accountancy College, University of Derby in Botswana, School of Business and Leisure Gaborone, Botswana.
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Ntonghanwah Forcheh
  • Ntonghanwah Forcheh
  • Department of Statistics, University of Botswana, Private Bag 00705, Gaborone, Botswana.
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James G. Linn
  • James G. Linn
  • Optimal Solutions in Healthcare and International Development, Institute of Sociology, University of Valparaiso, Chile.
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Thabo T. Fako
  • Thabo T. Fako
  • Department of Sociology, University of Botswana, Private Bag 00705 Gaborone, Botswana.
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  •  Received: 18 February 2019
  •  Accepted: 25 March 2019
  •  Published: 31 March 2019

Abstract

Affective commitment remains an essential factor in key outcomes such as work performance and productivity, and has been shown to have the strongest positive relation with positive work behaviours when compared with normative commitment and continuance commitment. Using a sample of 164 academic employees at the University of Botswana, this study assessed the extent to which they had affective commitment to the organization.  We also investigated factors that are associated with affective commitment and those that predict affective commitment of academic employees. The study found that only 34.1% of academic employees sampled had affective commitment. Logistic regression analyses identified three predictors of affective commitment among academic employees. They are satisfaction with management, contribution to policy making, and responding to emails. While some researchers have found that associations between affective commitment and demographic variables were generally low or weak, this study found no significant associations between demographic factors and affective commitment.

 

Key words: Academic employees, affective commitment, Botswana, management.