Using causal mapping to find new avenue for organizational fit research
Billsberry, Jon, Talbot, Danielle L. and Ambrosini, Veronique 2011, Using causal mapping to find new avenue for organizational fit research, in ANZAM 2011 : 25th Annual Australian And New Zealand Academy of Management conference : the future of work and organisations, ANZAM, [Wellington, N.Z.].
Although organizational fit is strongly linked to important psychological outcomes such as motivation, satisfaction, turnover and performance, there is still a lot of confusion about definitions and conceptualizations of the construct. One reason for this is that fit researchers have almost exclusively conducted theory-driven nomothetic studies that have utilized varying approaches to the term. In this paper, we call for exploratory research that listens to how workers construct their own sense of fit and suggest that researchers should adopt idiographic data gathering techniques, coupled with nomothetic analysis tools, to do so. To enable this, we explain how fit researchers might use causal maps and thereby develop a stronger understanding of organizational fit that is grounded in how people conceive it.
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