ERIC Number: EJ783020
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
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Is the Job Satisfaction-Job Performance Relationship Spurious? A Meta-Analytic Examination
Bowling, Nathan A.
Journal of Vocational Behavior, v71 n2 p167-185 Oct 2007
The job satisfaction-job performance relationship has attracted much attention throughout the history of industrial and organizational psychology. Many researchers and most lay people believe that a causal relationship exists between satisfaction and performance. In the current study, however, analyses using meta-analytic data suggested that the satisfaction-performance relationship is largely spurious. More specifically, the satisfaction-performance relationship was partially eliminated after controlling for either general personality traits (e.g., Five Factor Model traits and core self-evaluations) or for work locus of control and was almost completely eliminated after controlling for organization-based self-esteem. The practical and theoretical implications of these findings are discussed.
Descriptors: Locus of Control, Job Satisfaction, Job Performance, Industrial Psychology, Attribution Theory, Meta Analysis, Personality Traits, Self Esteem, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Factor Analysis
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