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ERIC Number: EJ884778
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
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ISSN: ISSN-0749-5978
The Problem of Empirical Redundancy of Constructs in Organizational Research: An Empirical Investigation
Le, Huy; Schmidt, Frank L.; Harter, James K.; Lauver, Kristy J.
Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, v112 n2 p112-125 Jul 2010
Construct empirical redundancy may be a major problem in organizational research today. In this paper, we explain and empirically illustrate a method for investigating this potential problem. We applied the method to examine the empirical redundancy of job satisfaction (JS) and organizational commitment (OC), two well-established organizational constructs. Analysis based on responses from a sample of 292 employees collected at two occasions showed that: (a) the construct-level correlation between JS and OC was very high (0.91) and (b) both JS and OC are similarly related to positive affectivity and negative affectivity. These results suggest that the constructs may be empirically indistinguishable, despite their well-established conceptual distinction. These findings illustrate the problem of empirical redundancy of organizational constructs and provide a basis for a possible movement towards parsimony in the realm of constructs that could open the way to more rapid advances in knowledge in organizational research. (Contains 1 figure and 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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