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Job embeddedness: a new perspective to predict voluntary turnover

Chunjiang Yang (School of Business Administration, Northeastern University, Shenyang, People's Republic of China and School of Economics and Management, Yanshan University, Qinhuangdao, People's Republic of China)
Qinhai Ma (School of Business Administration, Northeastern University, Shenyang, People's Republic of China)
Ling Hu (College of Foreign Language Studies, Yanshan University, Qinhuangdao, People's Republic of China)

Nankai Business Review International

ISSN: 2040-8749

Article publication date: 4 October 2011

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is first, to overview the current research situation on job embeddedness (JE), including the theoretical underpinning of JE, the definition and dimensions of JE, its comparisons with similar constructs, and its global and composite measure; second, to intergrate the unfolding model, JE and image theory to better understand voluntary turnover – and indicate future research directions.

Design/methodology/approach

An extensive literature search covering several separate electronic databases, including ScienceDirect, EBSCO, Kluwer and Emerald, was conducted. Most of the articles can be acquired online from The University of California Riverside. The validity and reliability are compared between global and composite scales. The authors summarized and categorized the findings of current research.

Findings

JE can be differentiated from those similar constructs and measures already in the literature. Almost all of the studies on JE have found that it predicted voluntary turnover better than job attitudes and perceived ease of movement from traditional models of turnover. Along with extended research on it, JE was disaggregated into two major sub‐dimensions, namely, on‐the‐job and off‐the‐job embeddedness, and it has been extended to occupational and career level.

Research limitations/implications

In this paper, the authors use qualitative methods to evaluate the current studies on JE, only. Meta‐analysis, as a reviewing method, should be used in future research on clarifying the relationships between JE and other constructs in organizational behavior.

Originality/value

This research reviews almost all of the studies on JE from 2001 to 2009 and organizes and categorizes them into three kinds: cause, consequence and theoretical extension. The authors also summarize its relationships with other constructs (e.g. turnover, turnover intention, organizational commitment, organizational citizenship behavior) in various settings. Finally, based on discussion, the authors indicate future research directions.

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Citation

Yang, C., Ma, Q. and Hu, L. (2011), "Job embeddedness: a new perspective to predict voluntary turnover", Nankai Business Review International, Vol. 2 No. 4, pp. 418-446. https://doi.org/10.1108/20408741111178834

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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