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Title: Organisational fit and misfit : An empirical study of similartities and differences
Author: Talbot, Danielle Laurette
Awarding Body: The Open University
Current Institution: Open University
Date of Award: 2010
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This thesis focuses on employees' experiences of fit and misfit at work. This falls within the person-environment fit (PE fit) literature which is based on principles founded in interactional psychology that when a person fits the environment that they are in, positive outcomes, such as job satisfaction, will result. Despite a wealth of empirical studiesin theP E fit field studyingv ariousa spectso f individuals' fit with their work environmentt,h erea re significantg apsi n knowledgea ndu nderstanding.O neo f thesei s that little researchh as investigatedh ow employeese xperiencefi t andm isfit. A secondg ap is that little is known aboutm isfit and whethert his is the oppositet o fit, an absenceo f fit or a separateca tegoricasl tate. The researchf ocusedo n theseg apsi n the literaturea nd took a qualitative, exploratory approach to gain in-depth understanding of the factors affecting individuals' fit in organisations. Causalm appingt echniquesw ereu sedt o allow the study'sp articipantst o express their perceptionsw ithout beingp romptedt o speaka bouts pecifict opics. The resultingd ata were coded using measures from the PE fit literature to explore whether the extant measuresa dequatelyc apturedp eople'se xperiencesa nd also to assessw hethert herew ere differencesb etweenf it andm isfit. The researchfo und that the extantP E fit measures explainedp articipants'e xperienceos f fit andm isfit well but that ast hesea re focusedo n factors within the organisational environment, they miss external factors such as people's links with their communities. It seems that the majority of individuals experience misfit to some extent but that overwhelming misfit perceptions can be triggered by a change in the organisation. Misfit and fit are shown to differ, most profoundly in that whereas fit is a positive experience, misfit is negative and a state to be avoided.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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