Relocation attitudes and adjustment: A longitudinal study
Article first published online: 21 NOV 2006
Copyright © 1994 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Journal of Organizational Behavior
Volume 15, Issue 3, pages 209–224, May 1994
How to Cite
Fisher, C. D. and Shaw, J. B. (1994), Relocation attitudes and adjustment: A longitudinal study. J. Organiz. Behav., 15: 209–224. doi: 10.1002/job.4030150304
- Issue published online: 21 NOV 2006
- Article first published online: 21 NOV 2006
- Manuscript Accepted: 19 AUG 1993
- Manuscript Received: 25 JAN 1993
- Navy Manpower R&D Program of the Office of Naval Research. Grant Number: N00014-83-K-0388
This study identified correlates of attitude toward an impending employer-initiated relocation, then followed up by predicting post-transfer attitude and adjustment difficulty in the same sample. Predictors suggested by past research on mobility attitudes (i.e. demographic characteristics and attributes of the pre-move location) were less important in explaining pre-move attitude toward the transfer than were expected attributes of the new location. After the move, experienced aspects of the new location such as role ambiguity, degree of advancement, and community and job satisfaction were the strongest predictors of overall post-move attitude and adjustment difficulty. In many cases, pre-move expectations about attributes of the new location were not related to affect or adjustment after the move, suggesting that pre-move expectations may have been inaccurate. Implications for theory, research, and organizational practice are discussed.