Turnover in high-tech companies has long been a concern for managers and executives. Recent meta-analyses from the general turnover literature consistently show that job satisfaction is a major attitudinal antecedent to turnover intention and turnover behavior. Additionally, the available research on information technology (IT) employees focuses primarily on turnover intentions and not on a risky decision-making perspective and actual turnover (turnover behavior). The paper aim is to focus on that.
This study uses hierarchical ordinary least squares, process (Preacher and Hayes, 2004) and logistic regression.
The main predictor of actual turnover is risky decision-making, whereas job satisfaction is the main predictor of turnover intention.
The joint effects of risk and job satisfaction on turnover intention and behavior have not been studied in the IT domain. Hence, this study extends our understanding of turnover in general and particularly among IT employees by studying the combined effect of risk and job satisfaction on turnover intentions and turnover behavior. The study’s theoretical and practical implications are likewise discussed.
The first author gratefully acknowledges the co-work, mentorship and invaluable constructive feedback and encouragement of Prof Thomas W. Lee, who was her co-researcher and co-author in the Department of Management and Organization, Michel G. Foster School of Business, University of Washington. The authors also thank the reviewers who reviewed the earlier versions of this manuscript: Prof Peter Hom, Department of Management, Carey School of Business, Arizona State University; Prof Brooks Holtom, McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University; Prof Peter Bamberger, Coller School of Business, Tel Aviv University; Prof Jacob Weisberg, The Graduate School of Business Administration, Bar-Ilan University; Prof Yoav Vardi, Department of Labor Studies, Tel aviv University, The Israel Academic College in Ramat Gan.
The authors are grateful to the Michael G. Foster School of Business, USA, which made it possible to write this manuscript while the first author was a visiting scholar there and served as a research associate of Prof Thomas W. Lee.
The authors are grateful to the Beit Berl Academic College Research Authority Israel for funding the final editing of the paper.
Finally, this paper is in memorial of Prof Thomas William Lee, who was the first author’s mentor and who sadly passed away unexpectedly in June 2021 during the final reviews of this paper − a tremendous loss for the first author and for many others.
Research funding: This research received a grant for collecting the data from the Israeli Ministry of Economics.
Conflicts of interest: None. The author declares that the theoretical research was conducted without any commercial or financial relationships that could be construed as potential conflicts of interest.
Ladelsky, L.K. and Lee, T.W. (2022), "Effect of risky decision-making and job satisfaction on turnover intention and turnover behavior among information technology employees", International Journal of Organizational Analysis, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJOA-10-2022-3465
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