Organizational commitment and work engagement – Theoretical conceptions and terminological problems
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Katolicki Uniwersytet Lubelski Jana Pawła II / The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Lublin, Poland (Instytut Psychologii, Wydział Nauk Społecznych / Institute of Psychology, Faculty of Social Sciences)
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Mariola Łaguna   

Katolicki Uniwersytet Lubelski Jana Pawła II, Instytut Psychologii, Al. Racławickie 14, 20-950 Lublin
Med Pr Work Health Saf. 2015;66(2):277-84
Engagement in professional activities and positive attitudes towards an organization are of significant importance to functioning and health of employees. Studies analysing the phenomena of employees’ engagement and their relations with an organization undergo a dynamic development in both international and Polish research. Two theoretical conceptions: organizational commitment (by Meyer and Allen) and work engagement (by Schaufeli and Bakker) have become prominent in the field. They capture 2 similar, albeit distinct constructs. In English-language journals academics concentrate on theoretical and empirical analyses of similarities and differences between the 2 concepts, while in Polish publications scholars also have to deal with the issue of the original term translation. The problem lies mostly in Polish nomenclature of the dimensions proposed in both of these conceptions. Lack of common translations for different studies may cause confusion in this area of research. In the paper authors present a review of Polish translations of terms used in the discussed conceptions and a linguistic analysis of terms, both in English and in Polish. Authors provide solutions which could help to clarify terminology in Polish-language publications concerning organizational commitment and work engagement. This allows for further development of research in this field. Med Pr 2015;66(2):277–284
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