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Turnover intention among liquid knowledge workers: a study of Indian insurance professionals

Piyali Ghosh (Indian Institute of Management Ranchi, Ranchi, India)
Geetika Goel (School of Management Studies, Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology, Allahabad, India)
Tanusree Dutta (Indian Institute of Management Ranchi, Ranchi, India)
Richa Singh (School of Management Studies, Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology, Allahabad, India)

Journal of Global Operations and Strategic Sourcing

ISSN: 2398-5364

Article publication date: 3 May 2019

Issue publication date: 19 June 2019

Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to analyze how perceived organizational support (POS), perceived supervisor support (PSS) and perceived co-worker support (PCS) as components of social exchange at work influence turnover intention through affective commitment.

Design/methodology/approach

Perception of sales professionals working in life insurance companies, categorized as liquid knowledge workers, on the study variables was assessed through a questionnaire-based survey. Data on a sample of 212 such professionals across 11 companies were analyzed using structured equation modeling. Maximum likelihood estimate method was used to test the extent of model fit. Mediation has been confirmed through bootstrapping.

Findings

Results reveal a significant direct relationship between PSS and turnover intention. POS and PCS were found to have significant indirect effects on turnover intention, mediated by affective commitment.

Research limitations/implications

Overall results prompt the authors to recommend that organizations in insurance business must invest resources in promoting organizational support and also adopt a supportive work culture in which social exchange can easily occur. Level of withdrawal intention among sales professionals can be lowered by establishing emotional bonding with them. Supervisors may also be provided adequate training in soft skills to support their subordinates.

Originality/value

This study has highlighted that support at workplace is a binding force between an employee and his/her organization, and thus it negatively affects his/her withdrawal intention directly or indirectly via affective commitment. This paper stands out in the multitude of existing research as especially the relation of PCS and turnover intention has been explored less. It also adds to the scarce literature available on turnover intention among liquid knowledge workers in Indian insurance sector.

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Citation

Ghosh, P., Goel, G., Dutta, T. and Singh, R. (2019), "Turnover intention among liquid knowledge workers: a study of Indian insurance professionals", Journal of Global Operations and Strategic Sourcing, Vol. 12 No. 2, pp. 288-309. https://doi.org/10.1108/JGOSS-10-2017-0040

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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