Contemporary Psychology, Vol. 24, No. 2, 2021, 189-207

Original scientific paper

Organizational justice, job satisfaction and commitment of professional footballers to the club

Paula Andabak - Osnovna škola Vjekoslava Paraća
Ljiljana Gregov - Filozofski fakultet Sveučilišta u Zadru, Odsjek za psihologiju, Ulica Mihovila Pavlinovića 1, 23000 Zadar

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The results of research on organizational justice in the sports environment suggest that the perception of justice is related to relevant outcomes for individual and team sports such as attitudes and behaviors of athletes, team cohesion and commitment (De Backer et al., 2011; Jordan, Gillentine and Hunt, 2004; Kerwin, Jordan, & Turner, 2014; Mahony et al., 2006; Whisenant, 2005). The aim of this research was to examine the contribution of the length of playing football in general and in the club, organizational justice and job satisfaction in explaining the commitment of professional footballers to the club. The study involved 114 professional footballers, aged 17 to 39 years. The Justice in the Organizational Context Questionnaire, the Scales of Affective, Instrumental and Normative Commitment, the Job Satisfaction Index and Satisfaction with club status, salary and rewards were applied. The results indicate that the relationship between perceived organizational justice and football player’s commitment to the club depends on the source of perceived justice. Thus, only perceived justice of the club’s management positively contributes to all components of organizational commitment, partly directly and partly through job satisfaction, given the established partial mediation effect of job satisfaction measures. Furthermore, it was found that footballers who are generally more satisfied with their job, and more satisfied with their salary and awards, are more committed to the club. Footballers who are longer in the club are also more committed.

organizational justice, organizational commitment, job satisfaction, professional footballers

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