Researchers generally agree there are three “foci” used to classify types of organizational commitment. The three types of commitment are affective, continuous, and normative commitment…[N]ormative commitment refers to employees’ perceptions of their obligation to their organization. For instance, if an organization is loyal to the employee or has supported his/her educational efforts, the employee may report higher degrees of normative commitment.” (Williams)

Williams, J. (2004). Job satisfaction and organizational commitment, a Sloan Work and Family Encyclopedia website. Retrieved May 10, 2007, from the Sloan Work and Family Research Network website: