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Understanding psychological processes of applicants’ job search

Yuhee Jung (College of Business Administration, Ritsumeikan University, Osaka, Japan)
Norihiko Takeuchi (Graduate School of Business and Finance, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan)
Tomokazu Takeuchi (Department of Management, Gakushuin University, Tokyo, Japan)

Evidence-based HRM

ISSN: 2049-3983

Article publication date: 5 December 2016



The purpose of this paper is twofold. First, it empirically examines two theory-based models of applicants’ job search developed from planned happenstance theory (PHT) and theory of planned behavior (TPB). Second, it tests the cross-cultural compatibility of these models in Japan and Korea.


The authors tested two theory-based job search models, PHT model and TPB model based on samples of college students from Japan (n=175) and Korea (n=172).


The results indicated that the TPB model was a significantly better fitting to the data than the PHT model. Moreover, a multi-group test of the TPB model demonstrated that the TPB model was invariant between the Japanese and the Korean samples.


Although there had been an important question among job search literatures regarding how important the planned behavior in the job search processes would be, the study gave an empirical support to the TPB job search model in contrast to the PHT model. Another contribution is that the study tested the Western-driven theories using Asian samples from Japan and Korea, constituting an important benchmark for further studies that attempt to test the generalizability of the TPB model, particularly in countries/areas that employ different employment systems.



A part of this research was supported by the Grant-in-Aid for Young Scientists (B) sponsored by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, and Technology (MEXT), Japan to the first author (No. 26780226) and the third author (No. 24730336). The study was also supported by the Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B) sponsored by MEXT, Japan to the second author (No. 26285091).


Jung, Y., Takeuchi, N. and Takeuchi, T. (2016), "Understanding psychological processes of applicants’ job search", Evidence-based HRM, Vol. 4 No. 3, pp. 190-213.



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