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Testing a multidimensional theory of person-environment fit

Edwards, Julian A. and Billsberry, Jon 2010, Testing a multidimensional theory of person-environment fit, Journal of managerial issues, vol. 22, no. 4, Winter, pp. 476-493.

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Title Testing a multidimensional theory of person-environment fit
Author(s) Edwards, Julian A.
Billsberry, Jon
Journal name Journal of managerial issues
Volume number 22
Issue number 4
Season Winter
Start page 476
End page 493
Total pages 18
Publisher Pittsburg State University, Department of Economics
Place of publication Pittsburgh, Pa.
Publication date 2010
ISSN 1045-3695
Summary The current study examines the validity of a multidimensional Person-Environment (PE) fit model proposed by Jansen and Kristof-Brown (2006). The overall aim of the paper is to test the model's factor structure and influences upon outcome measures. A panel of organizational employees from a wide range of companies and locations were asked to complete a survey (n = 1,875) measuring five discrete dimensions of perceptual PE fit (Person-Organization, Person-People, Person-Job, Person-Group, and Person-Vocation) and three outcomes (organizational commitment, intention to leave, and job satisfaction). The first sequence of analysis tested the proposed model using Confirmatory Factor Analysis (CFA) statistical approaches. Model comparisons showed that Jansen and Kristof-Brown's (2006) original model in which the five dimensions of fit coalesce into a multidimensional construct was a poor fit with the data, but that a model in which the five dimensions of fit operate independently fit the data well. The second sequence of analysis found that the model without the multidimensional construct strongly predicted the outcomes of commitment, job satisfaction, and intention to leave. This paper discusses the implication of this research in relation to the PE fit literature.
Field of Research 150399 Business and Management not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970115 Expanding Knowledge in Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2010, Pittsburg State University, Department of Economics
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30035222

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