chapter  7
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Gaining employee commitment: Work attitudes and organizational climate

The attitudes of workers in Africa have been depicted variously as lazy (Dumont, 1960), lacking in motivation (Kiggundu, 1988 and Blunt and Jones, 1992) and having an instrumental regard towards work: that is, a high expectation of benefits to the worker and family but low commitment and loyalty to the organization (Jones, 1986). Yet taken alongside the industriousness (Abudu, 1986; Ayittey, 1991) and entrepreneurial attitudes (Mbigi, 1997; Wild, 1997) noted outside the organized workplace, this assumption bears closer examination.