Impact of Expectancy Based Dispositional Traits of Self Efficacy and Optimism on Job Satisfaction among University Faculty Members: Mediating Role of Affective Organizational Commitment

Farhan Sarwar, Shazia Hasan


The study examined expectation based dispositional personality traits of self-efficacy and optimism as predictor of most discussed work attitude of job satisfaction. Moreover affective organizational commitment is tested for mediation in the predictor-outcome relationship of self-efficacy and optimism with job satisfaction. A sample of 293 faculty members from 33 public and private universities from 4 provinces of Pakistan were utilized. Results indicated a significant and positive relationship between dispositional self-efficacy and organizational commitment. Furthermore level of optimism of faculty members significantly and positively related to organizational commitment and job satisfaction. Organizational commitment fully mediated the path between self-efficacy and job satisfaction and partially mediated the path between optimism and job satisfaction. Current research has important theoretical and managerial implications. Current research emphasized the crucial role organizational commitment play in link between expectancy based dispositional traits and job satisfaction. Managers must understand importance of expectancy based dispositional traits as predictors of job satisfaction and adopt appropriate selection and training interventions to enhance self-efficacy and optimism among workforce.

Keywords: Disposition, Expectations, Self-efficacy, Optimism, Organizational Commitment, Job Satisfaction.

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