P-E Fit as moderator of the accountability - employee reactions relationships: Convergent results across two samples

Stephen E. Lanivich, Jeremy R. Brees, Wayne A. Hochwarter, Gerald R. Ferris

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Abstract

The current two-sample investigation, which incorporated Conservation of Resources (COR) and Person-Environment (P-E) fit theories, investigated the interaction effects of felt accountability × P-E fit on the work outcomes of job satisfaction, organizational commitment, depressed mood, and work intensity. Consistent with the conceptual underpinnings of felt accountability as either a threat or opportunity, satisfaction, work intensity, and organizational commitment increased in settings possessing both heightened answerability and high levels of P-E fit. Further, individuals reported a reduction in depressed mood when heightened accountability was coupled with high P-E fit perceptions. These findings were consistent across samples providing evidence of generalizability. Implications, strengths and limitations, and directions for future research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)425-436
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Vocational Behavior
Volume77
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2010
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Accountability
  • Commitment
  • Demands
  • Depressed mood at work
  • Person-environment fit
  • Resources
  • Satisfaction
  • Work intensity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Applied Psychology
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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