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An empirical assessment of the construct "work locus of control"

Allan Maram, Karen Miller
SA Journal of Industrial Psychology | Vol 24, No 3 | a661 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajip.v24i3.661 | © 1998 Allan Maram, Karen Miller | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 25 June 1998 | Published: 25 June 1998

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Allan Maram, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
Karen Miller, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

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This study is concerned with the domain specificity of the locus of control construct within the workplace. The research investigated whether Specter's (1988) work locus of control scale, a work centred conceptualisation of Rotter's (1966) locus of control measure/ demonstrated evidence of criterion - related validity. This was done by assessing its relationship to leader-member exchange and organisational commitment. The results indicated that work locus of control correlated with both leader-member exchange and organisational commitment and that leadermember exchange acted as a mediator of the relationship between work locus of control and organisational commitment. This is consistent with results from a similar study undertaken by Kinicki & Vecchio (1994) who employed Rotter's (1966) general locus of control measure. The current research demonstrated stronger relationship than Kinicki & Vecchio's (1994) study, which suggests that Specter's (1988) domain specific scale may predict work behaviour more precisely than Rotter's (1966) more general measure.


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