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Satisfied Movers, Committed Stayers: The Impact of Job Mobility on Work Attitudes in Norway

Citation

Kalleberg, Arne L. & Mastekaasa, Arne (2001). Satisfied Movers, Committed Stayers: The Impact of Job Mobility on Work Attitudes in Norway. Work and Occupations, 28(2), 183-209.

Abstract

This article examines the impact of interorganizational (quits and layoffs) and intraorganizational (promotions and downward/lateral moves) job mobility on changes in job satisfaction and organizational commitment. The analysis is based on panel data from a representative sample of Norwegian work organizations and their employees. The authors find that promotions increase employees' perceptions of the quality of their jobs and thereby enhance both their satisfaction and commitment. Downward or lateral mobility tends to lower both work attitudes but is unrelated to changes in job rewards. Quits increase job satisfaction, whereas lay-offs have no effect on satisfaction. Both quits and layoffs lower commitment in the new organization relative to the former workplace. The authors discuss some implications of these results for theory and practice related to job mobility and work attitudes.

URL

https://doi.org/10.1177/0730888401028002004

Reference Type

Journal Article

Journal Title

Work and Occupations

Author(s)

Kalleberg, Arne L.
Mastekaasa, Arne

Year Published

2001

Volume Number

28

Issue Number

2

Pages

183-209

Reference ID

1907