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Title:Job satisfaction as a reflection of disposition: Investigating the relationship and its effect on employee adaptive behaviors
Author(s):Judge, Tim Alan
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Hulin, Charles L.
Department / Program:Labor and Employment Relations
Discipline:Labor and Employment Relations
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Business Administration, Management
Psychology, Industrial
Psychology, Personality
Sociology, Industrial and Labor Relations
Abstract:The dispositional source of job satisfaction has been the subject of recent research in the organizational literature. However, flaws in dispositional research have limited the conclusions one can draw from the results. This dissertation is an attempt to address limitations in past dispositional research. A second purpose of this dissertation is to investigate the validity of Hulin's model of job satisfaction and job adaptation, and in particular how the inclusion of disposition will affect the model. An important distinction was made between affective disposition, defined as the tendency to respond to the environment in an affect-based manner, and subjective well-being, the level of overall happiness and satisfaction an individual has with his or her life. Finally, job adaptation was tested as a construct involving many work behaviors individuals invoke to respond to dissatisfaction, including quitting, lateness, absenteeism, retirement, and shirking. A causal model was tested employing three different sources of data: self-reports, "significant other" evaluations, and supervisor ratings. This triangulation of sources and estimation of nonrecursive relationships allows confidence to be placed in the findings. Results indicated support for the overall causal model as well as the specific hypothesized relationships within the model. Many important implications derive from the results and relate to how affective disposition, subjective well-being, job satisfaction, and job adaptation are conceptualized and tested in organizational research.
Issue Date:1990
Rights Information:Copyright 1990 Judge, Tim Alan
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-05-07
Identifier in Online Catalog:AAI9114284
OCLC Identifier:(UMI)AAI9114284

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