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Employee turnover intentions and job performance from a planned change: the effects of an organizational learning culture and job satisfaction

Chun-Yu Lin (Department of Business Administration, National Taipei University, New Taipei City, Taiwan)
Chung-Kai Huang (Department of International Business, National Taipei University of Business, Taipei City, Taiwan)

International Journal of Manpower

ISSN: 0143-7720

Article publication date: 18 July 2020

Issue publication date: 19 May 2021




In the face of a changing and turbulent environment, an organizational learning culture (OLC) is crucial for the long-term operation of an organization. A learning culture provides the capacity to effectively integrate employees, and it also provides structure so that an organization can move forward via continuous learning and change. Few empirical results are available from Chinese companies enduring an organizational change. To bridge this research gap, this study investigated the relationships among an OLC, job satisfaction, turnover intentions and job performance during organizational change.


A quantitative approach with structural equation modeling (SEM) and bootstrapping estimation was used to test hypotheses developed from a sample of 434 employees in a restructured telecommunications company in Taiwan.


Employees who experienced a higher learning culture had lower levels of turnover intentions and exhibited better job performance. Job satisfaction had a negative impact on employee turnover intentions but a positive impact on job performance. Moreover, job satisfaction fully mediated the relationships between an OLC and employee turnover intentions and job performance. When encountering organizational planned changes, a vibrant learning culture gave employees a higher level of satisfaction in their jobs and workplace. Although unexpected challenges often appeared during the organizational changes, employees with a higher level of job satisfaction tended to fulfill their own job duties and showed fewer turnover intentions.


In investigating issues related to organizational change, this study provides managerial insights and addresses strategies for facilitating the adoption of an OLC into the design and implementation of a better workplace environment.



The authors would like to thank our anonymous reviewers for their valuable feedback. This work was supported by Ministry of Science and Technology of Taiwan for its research grant support [MOST-106-2410-H-305-047-SSS and MOST-107-2410-H-141-011]. All errors are exclusively those of the authors.


Lin, C.-Y. and Huang, C.-K. (2021), "Employee turnover intentions and job performance from a planned change: the effects of an organizational learning culture and job satisfaction", International Journal of Manpower, Vol. 42 No. 3, pp. 409-423.



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