Examining the Job Search-Turnover Relationship: The Role of Embeddedness, Job Satisfaction, and Available Alternatives

Journal of Applied Psychology, Vol. 96, No. 2, pp. 432-441, 2011

Mays Business School Research Paper No. 2012-8

11 Pages Posted: 25 Jan 2012 Last revised: 29 Apr 2013

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Brian W. Swider

Texas A&M University - Department of Management

Wendy R. Boswell

Texas A&M University - Department of Management

Ryan D. Zimmerman

Texas A&M University - Department of Management

Date Written: December 13, 2010

Abstract

This study examined factors that may help explain under what conditions employee job search effort may most strongly (or weakly) predict subsequent turnover. As predicted, the job search-turnover relationship was stronger when employees had lower levels of job embeddedness and job satisfaction and higher levels of available alternatives. These findings suggest that there may be a number of factors interacting to influence employees’ turnover decisions, indicating greater complexity to the process than described in prominent sequential turnover models.

Keywords: job search, turnover, alternatives, job satisfaction, embeddedness

Suggested Citation

Swider, Brian W. and Boswell, Wendy R. and Zimmerman, Ryan D., Examining the Job Search-Turnover Relationship: The Role of Embeddedness, Job Satisfaction, and Available Alternatives (December 13, 2010). Journal of Applied Psychology, Vol. 96, No. 2, pp. 432-441, 2011 ; Mays Business School Research Paper No. 2012-8. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1991445

Brian W. Swider (Contact Author)

Texas A&M University - Department of Management ( email )

430 Wehner
College Station, TX 77843-4218
United States

Wendy R. Boswell

Texas A&M University - Department of Management ( email )

430 Wehner
College Station, TX 77843-4218
United States

Ryan D. Zimmerman

Texas A&M University - Department of Management ( email )

430 Wehner
College Station, TX 77843-4218
United States

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