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“I don’t complain, but I am ready for any eventuality”: How job search and sportsmanship interact in the prediction of intention to leave a profession

Pascal Paillé (Department of Management, Université Laval, Quebec City, Canada)
Patrick Valéau (Universite de la Reunion, Saint-Denis Messag, Reunion)

International Journal of Organizational Analysis

ISSN: 1934-8835

Publication date: 8 July 2019

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to investigate the extent to which the influence of professional commitment on intention to leave a profession is contingent on the combined effect of job search and sportsmanship.

Design/methodology/approach

The research is based on a sample of professional employees (N = 327). Moderated moderation was the approach used for testing the hypotheses.

Findings

Findings showed that the moderating effect of job search on the relationship between professional commitment and intention to leave a profession is higher at a low level of sportsmanship and lower when sportsmanship is high.

Originality/value

The research indicates that job search does not necessarily constitute a sign of acceleration of intention to leave one’s profession. In the case of professionals expressing a high level of sportsmanship, job search appears more like a precaution.

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Citation

Paillé, P. and Valéau, P. (2019), "“I don’t complain, but I am ready for any eventuality”: How job search and sportsmanship interact in the prediction of intention to leave a profession", International Journal of Organizational Analysis, Vol. 27 No. 3, pp. 566-581. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJOA-02-2018-1351

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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