Title

Who Cares About Demands–Abilities Fit? Moderating Effects of Goal Orientation on Recruitment and Organizational Entry Outcomes

Publication Date

3-27-2018

Abstract

The authors conduct three studies to systematically examine how avoiding and learning goal orientation (AGO and LGO) influence relationships between perceived demands-abilities (DA) fit and critical outcomes during three organizational entry stages. Study 1, a multi-level study using a series of mock job advertisements, shows that participant likelihood of applying for jobs for which they perceive higher DA fit increases when AGO is stronger. Study 2 finds a stronger positive relationship between perceived DA fit and internship satisfaction among interns with a stronger AGO. Study 3 finds a stronger positive relationship between perceived DA fit and organizational citizenship behavior (OCB) among new organizational entrants with a stronger AGO. Implications and future research directions regarding the importance of goal orientation during job search and organizational entry are discussed.

Document Type

Article

Keywords

goal orientation, organizational entry, demands-abilities fit

Disciplines

Organizational Behavior and Theory

Source

SMU Cox: Management & Organizations (Topic)

Language

English

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