Doctor of Philosophy
David G Allen
Charles A Pierce
Robert W Renn
Much like scholarship on employment relationships, the goal of contemporary research on romantic relationships is to understand the forces that attract partners to one another and the underlying mechanisms that form long-term stable and satisfying unions. The three manuscripts herein integrate these seemingly disparate bodies of literature to address gaps in the turnover literature. First, I proffer positive illusions as a proximal antecedent of voluntary turnover and an answer as to why employees remain in bad employment relationships despite facing shocks, accumulated dissatisfaction, and quality alternatives. Second, I examine the content of exit conversations, identifying how employees approach exit (i.e., direct & indirect bids) and effective strategies that managers can use to inhibit turnover. Third, I consider the effect of perspective taking on job embeddedness and the influence of gender and network centrality. Overall, these studies provide new insights that help to understand better the formation, maintenance, and dissolution of employment relationships.
Dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Biggane, Jonathan, "Formation, Maintenance, and Dissolution of Employment Relationships" (2014). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1049.