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Yours defensively: The Role of Organizational Attachment in Shoplifting Prevention

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posted on 2023-05-23, 14:30 authored by Balkrushna PotdarBalkrushna Potdar, Guthrie, J, Gnoth, J, Garry, T
An office is a physical location where people of the same organization meet and interact with each other. Many organizations provide comfortable workplaces to their employees and motivate them to give their best. However, just comfortable workplaces might not motivate employees to perform their best unless interpersonal justice is merged with it to convince employees that their organization values them. It results in employee organisational attachment. In the context of the supermarkets, this concept is particularly prevalent as shopfloor employees are the main workforce of this industry. Hence, the principal aim of this research paper is to explore whether organizational attachment of shop-floor employees of a supermarket has an impact on their willingness to prevent shoplifting and practice positive organisational citizenship. This paper reviews relevant literature on shoplifting prevention, guardianship, workplace attachment, organizational attachment, and organizational citizenship behaviour. The systematic review of guardianship literature is the strength of this paper as we have reviewed a total of 20 studies from the past. Finally, we propose a conceptual model which suggests that organisational attachment based on interpersonal justice of the supermarket impacts on the willingness of shop-floor employees to prevent shoplifting; this means the employees may demonstrate guardianship that is a good organisational citizenship behaviour.


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Proceedings of the British Academy of Management Conference 2018 : Driving Productivity in Uncertain and Challenging Times








British Academy of Management

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United Kingdom

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BAM2018 (British Academy of Management) Conference

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Bristol, United Kingdom

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