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ERIC Number: EJ794677
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Pages: 19
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0001-8791
Perceived Fit with an Academic Environment: Attitudinal and Behavioral Outcomes
Schmitt, Neal; Oswald, Frederick L.; Friede, Alyssa; Imus, Anna; Merritt, Stephanie
Journal of Vocational Behavior, v72 n3 p317-335 Jun 2008
Because person-organization fit relates to important outcomes, and because fit is a time-dependent process, there exists a need to model longitudinal data related to fit. In a multi-university sample (N=1174), we tested hypotheses concerning person-organization fit and various behavioral and attitudinal outcomes; correlations between changes in these variables over time, and the correlates of these changes. Using autoregressive modeling and latent growth curve modeling, results indicated that academic fit leads to academic satisfaction, which in turn leads to turnover intent, and to a lesser extent GPA and class absenteeism. Changes in academic fit correlated highly with similar changes in satisfaction and GPA and with opposite changes in turnover intent. Academic satisfaction did not correlate with subsequent organizational citizenship behavior (OCB) as predicted; changes across these domains were significantly related, but were small. Consistent with our hypotheses, Realistic interests correlated negatively with changes in academic fit and satisfaction. Investigative interests were correlated positively with changes in fit and initial satisfaction levels. We conclude by discussing implications, limitations, and future research concerning the longitudinal analysis of person-organization fit.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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