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Exploring the relationship between fit and misfit : an in-depth qualitative study
conference contributionposted on 2009-01-01, 00:00 authored by D Talbot, Jonathan Billsberry
An underlying assumption within person-organisation fit research has been that misfit and fit are opposite ends of a spectrum. However, little research has been conducted into the nature of misfit. This paper outlines a qualitative study to identify firstly, what causes employees to fit or misfit and secondly, whether these states are polar opposites or different constructs. The findings suggest that fit and misfit are categorical constructs as they are caused by different factors and impetuses. Although organisational factors caused both fit and misfit, supervisors appear instrumental in causing misfit perceptions and job factors seem closely aligned to fit perceptions.