Fit Disrupted: Events at Work and Their Effects on Person-Environment Fit Public Deposited

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  • March 20, 2019
  • Hoopes, Charlotte
    • Affiliation: Kenan-Flagler Business School
  • In recent years, greater attention has been devoted to examining person-environment (P-E) fit from a dynamic perspective, in order to better understand how fit fluctuates and shifts amidst the inevitable changes that occur for both individuals and organizations over time. Building on recent work in this area and in response to ongoing calls to examine fit in temporal contexts, I integrate P-E fit with event system theory to explore the impact of events on P-E fit. In doing so, I suggest that the degree to which fit is a salient aspect of employment is variable, and that events are one way through which the salience of fit may be triggered during the ongoing-tenure phase of employment. In elaborating on the salience of fit I propose the concept of a zone of indifference, which helps to shed light on whether and to what extent P-E fit is impacted by events. I focus on one specific type of events—micro events—and I empirically examine these through a qualitative survey and a two-part lab study. I conduct the analyses for my lab study using spline regression.
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  • Kristof-Brown, Amy
  • Melwani, Shimul
  • Christian, Michael
  • Shipp, Abbie
  • Edwards, Jeffrey
  • Doctor of Philosophy
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School
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  • 2018

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