Calculative commitment and retaliation: an integrated view of the concepts in a public organization


  • Letícia Gomes Maia UFBA
  • Antonio Virgilio Bittencourt Bastos UFBA



This article aims to contribute to the revision of the multidimensionality of the concept of commitment and the development of relevant research on the subject of misbehavior in the workplace, through the discussion on the basis of calculative commitment and its relation to behavior of negligence as a reaction to a state of dissatisfaction. The research was quantitative and the prospect was held in a public organization with offices in ten cities of Brazil. The sampling was random and stratified proportional by area of operation and resulted in 519 respondents. The instruments were: Awareness and trial of Organizational Retaliation Scale and Calculative Organizational Commitment Scale. The results show that employees of this organization have a low level of calculative commitment and low perception of retaliation, which indicates a positive relationship between the two constructs. These results corroborate other studies that show positive correlations between the calculative base and undesirable behaviors, the opposite way to other bases of multidimensional commitment - affective
and normative - and thus confirm the suggestion of withdrawal of calculative basis  this concept, and treatment separately as organizational entrenchment.


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Author Biographies

Letícia Gomes Maia, UFBA

Doutoranda em Administração pela UFBA, Especialista em Gestão de Pessoas pela FGV e Bacharel em Administração pela UFMG, Analista do Banco Central do Brasil.

Antonio Virgilio Bittencourt Bastos, UFBA

Doutor em Psicologia pela UNB, Mestre em Educação pela UFBA, Graduado em Psicologia pela UFBA. Professor titular de Psicologia Social das Organizações, no Departamento de Psicologia da UFBA.



How to Cite

Maia, L. G., & Bastos, A. V. B. (2011). Calculative commitment and retaliation: an integrated view of the concepts in a public organization. Revista De Administração Da UFSM, 4(3), 390–405.




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