The problem in focus of this study is, despite apparel industry being a major contributor for foreign exchange in Sri Lanka during the past years, why it has not yet been able to build a committed workforce. The main objectives were to investigate the relationship between the Quality of Work Life (QWL) and organizational commitment as well as Human Resource Development Climate (HRDC) prevailing in this industry. Based on the literature review, the conceptual framework was developed and two hypotheses were formulated.The ﬁrst hypothesis was stated as QWL prevailing in the apparel industry of Sri Lanka positively inﬂuences the worker commitment. The second hypothesis was that the HRDC prevailing in the organization, moderates the relationship between the QWL and commitment. The empirical study included a sample of eighty seven workers from twenty ﬁ ve factories in Sri Lanka, selected using convenient sampling technique. Both hypotheses were non-rejected. and recommendations based on the ﬁndings were made.
Keywords: Apparel Industry, HRD Climate, Organizational Commitment, Social Pressure, Quality of Work Life
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Director Administration, Timex Garments, Sri Lanka
A. S. Dharmasiri
Consultant, Postgraduate Institute of Management, University of Sri Jayewardenepura.