Title

Reexamining the Illusory Correlation: The Complexity of the Satisfaction - Performance Relationship

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

2-2004

Abstract

The present article argues that organizational researchers tend to adopt an overly simplistic conceptualization and operationalization of job satisfaction (and job attitudes in general). Specifically, past research has failed to examine the affective-cognitive consistency (ACC) of job attitudes and the implications this has for the strength of the attitude and its relationship with behavior (e.g., job performance). Results from Study 1 suggest ACC is a significant moderator of the job satisfaction-job performance relationship, with those employees higher in ACC showing a significantly larger correlation between job satisfaction and performance than those lower in ACC. Study 2 replicated these findings. Implications for the study of job attitudes, limitations of the current studies, and multiple avenues for future research are discussed. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]

Discipline

Human Resources Management | Organizational Behavior and Theory

Research Areas

Organisational Behaviour and Human Resources

Publication

Journal of Applied Psychology

Volume

89

Issue

1

First Page

165

Last Page

177

ISSN

0021-9010

Identifier

10.1037/0021-9010.89.1.165

Publisher

American Psychological Association

City or Country

USA