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Job security as a threatened resource: Reactions to job insecurity in culturally distinct regions

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Original article (peer-reviewed)
Author Sender Anna, Arnold Alexandra, Staffelbach Bruno,
Project Schweizer Human-Relations-Barometer
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Original article (peer-reviewed)

Journal The International Journal of Human Resource Management
Volume (Issue) 28(17)
Page(s) 2403 - 2429
Title of proceedings The International Journal of Human Resource Management
DOI 10.1080/09585192.2015.1137615

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Abstract

As downsizing and restructuring have become global phenomena, the impact of job insecurity on employee attitudes has received significant attention. However, research examining the role of cultural dimensions has been largely unexplored. Drawing on the conservation of resources theory, we investigated whether the relationships between both quantitative job insecurity (i.e. the perceived threat of job loss) and qualitative job insecurity (i.e. the perceived threat of losing valued job features) and employee attitudes (job satisfaction and turnover intention) differ in culturally distinct regions. This was examined using representative employee samples from two regions of Switzerland which differ in societal practices uncertainty avoidance and performance orientation: the German-speaking (n = 966) and the French-speaking (n = 307) regions. Our research indicates that whereas the relationship between quantitative job insecurity and turnover intention is stronger in the French-speaking region where there is higher societal practice uncertainty avoidance, the relationship between qualitative job insecurity and job satisfaction is stronger in the German-speaking region where there is higher societal practice performance orientation.
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