Should I stay or should I go? Explaining turnover intentions with organizational identification and job satisfaction

van Dick, Rolf, Christ, Oliver, Stellmacher, Jost, Wagner, Ulrich, Ahlswede, Oliver, Grubba, Cornelia, Hauptmeier, Martin, Höhfeldt, Corinna, Moltzen, Kai and Tissington, Patrick A. (2004). Should I stay or should I go? Explaining turnover intentions with organizational identification and job satisfaction. British Journal of Management, 15 (4), pp. 351-360.


The social identity approach is a powerful theoretical framework for the understanding of individuals behaviour. The main argument is that individuals think and act on behalf of the group they belong to because this group membership adds to their social identity, which partly determines ones self-esteem. In the organizational world, social identity and self-categorization theories state that a strong organizational identification is associated with low turnover intentions. Because identification is the more general perception of shared fate between employee and organization, we propose that the relationship between identification and turnover will be mediated by job satisfaction as the more specific evaluation of ones task and working conditions. In four samples we found organizational identification feeding into job satisfaction, which in turn predicts turnover intentions.

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Divisions: Aston Business School > Work & organisational psychology
Aston Business School > Work & organisational psychology research group
Uncontrolled Keywords: social identity approach,individuals' behaviour,group membership,social identity,self-esteem,self-categorization,organizational identification,low turnover intentions,identification,turnover,job satisfaction,task,working conditions,Management of Technology and Innovation,Strategy and Management,Business, Management and Accounting(all)
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Published Date: 2004-12
Authors: van Dick, Rolf
Christ, Oliver
Stellmacher, Jost
Wagner, Ulrich
Ahlswede, Oliver
Grubba, Cornelia
Hauptmeier, Martin
Höhfeldt, Corinna
Moltzen, Kai
Tissington, Patrick A.

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