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Title: Investigating the role of goal orientation in job seekers’ experience of value congruence
Authors: Yu, Kang Yang Trevor
Verma, Kapil
Keywords: DRNTU::Business::General
Value Congruence
Job Search
Issue Date: 2018
Source: Yu, K. Y. T., & Verma, K. (2018). Investigating the role of goal orientation in job seekers’ experience of value congruence. Applied Psychology, 68(1), 83-125. doi:10.1111/apps.12152
Series/Report no.: Applied Psychology
Abstract: There is still limited understanding of how goal orientations influence the association between value congruence (VC) and organisational attraction for job seekers. We address this issue by investigating the impact of individuals’ goal orientations on the VC–attraction relationship. Our investigation using different measurement approaches to congruence across two studies also allowed us to examine the implications of different methods to operationalising VC in job search contexts. Two prominent types of goal orientation in job search—learning‐approach goal orientation (LAGO) and performance‐avoid goal orientation (PAGO)—were hypothesised to moderate the relationship between VC and organisational attraction. In study 1, value congruence based on direct molar perceptions displayed a stronger positive relationship with attraction among low LAGO individuals. Study 2, using separate atomistic judgments of person and organisational values, also demonstrated that LAGO moderates the effects of VC on attraction. However, the form of moderation effects varied across different types of work values (i.e., relationships and security). These findings demonstrate the need to contextualise the study of job seekers’ VC within a goal‐striving context, where different ways of operationalising VC can also shed more light on the psychological processes underlying judgments of congruence.
ISSN: 0269-994X
DOI: 10.1111/apps.12152
Rights: © 2018 International Association of Applied Psychology. All rights reserved. This paper was published in Applied Psychology and is made available with permission of International Association of Applied Psychology.
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