Career commitment in STEM: a moderated mediation model of inducements, expected contributions, and organizational commitment

Huiru Cai, Anna Carmella G. Ocampo, Simon Lloyd D. Restubog, Kohyar Kiazad, Catherine Midel Deen, Min Li

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In this article, we draw insights from the employee–organization framework to test a model linking offered inducements and expected contributions to career commitment through organizational commitment. Data were collected from 396 full-time chemists and laboratory specialists who work in a large health-care organization in China. Results revealed that organizational commitment mediated the relationships between employee–organization framework (i.e., offered inducements and expected contributions) and career commitment. Moderated mediation analyses further revealed that the conditional indirect effects of offered inducements in predicting career commitment via organizational commitment were stronger for high as opposed to low expected contributions. Implications for theory and practice are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)359-376
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Career Assessment
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2018


  • career commitment
  • employee–organization relationship
  • expected contributions
  • offered inducements
  • organizational commitment
  • social exchange
  • STEM workforce

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