Conference on Commitment

This conference brings together a community of scholars interested in the phenomenon of commitment to share and discuss ideas and findings relating to the conference theme. The purpose of this conference is to advance the literature by promoting leading-edge thinking on all aspects and forms of commitment in organizational contexts regardless of bases, mindsets or targets (e.g., commitment to organizations – employing or other, people, teams, occupation, goals, change efforts, decisions, values, etc.). The conference will be a mix of invited (30%) and competitively reviewed (70%) presentations. The small size of the conference promotes opportunities for informal interaction and dialogue among attendees to facilitate networking, collaboration, the sharing of ideas, and in-depth discussions.

Conference Organizer: Howard J. Klein, The Ohio State University

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The next Conference on Commitment will be held July 26-28, 2021.

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Congratulations to the 2017 Conference Award Winners

  • Best Student Paper Award

Samantha January & Mindy E. Bergman – Exploring the Antecedents of Organizational Commitment Profiles: The Roles of Psychological Need Satisfaction and Organizational Experiences






  • Most Innovative Paper Award

Howard J. Klein, Omar Solinger, & Veronique Duflot – Commitment System Theory: The Dynamic Orchestration of Commitments to Multiple Targets






  • Best Presentation Award

Robert Eisenberger, Jordan Kirkland, Salar Mesdaghinia, Kyoung Yong Kim & Xueqi Wen – Affective Commitment as Employees Look to the Future: The Contribution of Anticipated Change in Organizational Support

Thank you to all who helped make the 2017 Conference on Commitment a success!


  • 16 papers and two panel sessions on the program made by authors representing 12 different countries (based on institutional affiliation), more than half from outside of North America.
  • Attendees representing 11 different countries.