Title

Effects of Satisfaction with Communication on the Relationship Between Individual-Job Congruence and Job Performance/Satisfaction

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

8-29-2007

Keywords

Communication management, Employee communications, Individual psychology, Job descriptions, Job design, Job satisfaction

Abstract

Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to examine the moderating influence of communication satisfaction on the association between individual-job congruence and both job performance and job satisfaction. Design/methodology/approach - Moderated regression analysis was used to assess data collected from 302 employees addressing the research variables of job scope, growth need strength, satisfaction with communication, job performance, and job satisfaction. Findings - Satisfaction with communication received weak support as a moderator of the individual-job congruence model; nevertheless, it received strong support as a main predictor of both performance and satisfaction. Research limitations/implications - Low statistical power frequently reflected by moderated regression analysis may explain the weak support communication satisfaction received as a moderator. Different approaches for solving the presence of low power are discussed. On the other hand, the elusive venture of promoting and experiencing satisfaction with communication has been detected and the need for exploring the possible curvilinear effects of specific communication dimensions and organizational constructs on communication satisfaction is introduced. Practical implications - Variables associated with human interaction may be dysfunctional at both extremes. For example, upward communication might have favorable and unfavorable consequences on satisfaction with communication. Thus, dealing with communication satisfaction may necessitate the adoption of a contingency approach. Originality/value - The uniqueness of this research lies in its effort of exploring the moderating impact of communication satisfaction on the job characteristics model. The results encourage future research endeavors and particular management practices.

Journal Title

Journal of Management Development

Volume

26

Issue

8

First Page

737

Last Page

752

DOI

10.1108/02621710710777255

First Department

School of Business Administration

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