Organizational citizenship behavior of temporary knowledge employees

Ruth Blatt

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This study examines accounts of organizational citizenship behavior (OCB) by temporary knowledge employees. Most studies of OCB are based on the perspective of permanent employees and may not account for the unique perspective of temporary knowledge employees. This study finds that the most prominent themes in temporary knowledge employees' explanations for why they engaged in OCB are their perceived norms of professional behavior for their occupation and an experience of positive regard with and among their co-workers. This is in contrast with the themes of social exchange, organizational identification, and impression management that are currently invoked in explaining OCBs among permanent employees.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)849-866
Number of pages18
JournalOrganization Studies
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Occupational practice
  • Organizational citizenship behavior
  • Positive relationships
  • Temporary knowledge employees


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