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Job Satisfaction: A Meta-Analysis of Stabilities

Christian Dormann and Dieter Zapf
Journal of Organizational Behavior
Vol. 22, No. 5 (Aug., 2001), pp. 483-504
Published by: Wiley
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3649554
Page Count: 22
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Job Satisfaction: A Meta-Analysis of Stabilities
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Abstract

Evidence suggesting that job satisfaction is caused by individual dispositions is reviewed, and stability coefficients for job satisfaction in previous studies are analysed with a meta-analytic procedure. Previous longitudinal studies analysing job changer samples imply an upper limit estimate of 0.51 for direct dispositional influences on job satisfaction. A study of job changers considering the stability of working conditions suggests that this estimate has to be considerably corrected downwards. At present, it is concluded that it is more likely that dispositions indirectly affect job satisfaction via selection and self-selection processes. Implications for job satisfaction as a tool for organizational assessment are discussed.

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