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Revista Psicologia Organizações e Trabalho

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SILVA, Eliana Edington da Costa e  and  BASTOS, Antonio Virgilio Bittencourt. Organizational consent scale: construction and evidence of its validity. Rev. Psicol., Organ. Trab. [online]. 2010, vol.10, n.1, pp. 7-22. ISSN 1984-6657.

Research on the dimensions of organizational commitment shows a great diversity of factors that shape different attachments of the individual to the organization. Compliance, among others, is a dimension that has been under-researched. To some researchers this refers to a type of commitment that raises the notion of submission or consent. In this sense, it is argued that commitment can present a passive dimension, associated with the behavior of loyalty to the organization, which also relates to the idea of consent. The sociological literature examines the individual-organization attachment from a perspective that, rather than considering emotional and psychological elements, emphasizes the relations of control and authority that induce the employee to obey or fulfill the subordinate role expected of him. Thus, there is a grey area where the boundaries between commitment and consent or obedience rest. This study proposes a scale to measure "organizational consent," seeking evidence of this through exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses, undertaken with a sample of 721 workers. The results of exploratory factor analysis elicited three factors that explained 46.83% of the variance, but the confirmatory tests indicated a better fit to the two-dimensional model that incorporated the dimensions of "blind obedience" and "inner acceptance" as those that best define the construct of "consent".

Keywords : consent; obedience; bases of organizational commitment; validity of scale.

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