Job satisfaction and firm size: An interactionist perspective

James R. Lang, Nancy B. Johnson

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This study used Schneider's Attraction-Selection-Attrition Framework, an interactionist approach, to examine the effects of firm size on job satisfaction. While the initial fit between individuals and their jobs had significant positive influence on job satisfaction, firm size, contrary to prevailing wisdom, only played a moderating role along with individuals' values. The joint effects of size with initial fit and intrinsic values were negative, whereas the joint effects of size with initial fit and extrinsic values were positive. These results showing firm size acting only as a moderator suggest that to ask the question "Is job satisfaction greater for larger or smaller firms?" is too simplistic.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)405-423
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Socio-Economics
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1994

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Acknowlegments: The authors wish to acknowledge the support of the Kentucky Small BusinessD evelopment Center and the helpful commentso f Professor Bennett Tepper, Professor Karyll N. Shaw, and two anonymous reviewers.

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  • Economics and Econometrics


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