Ethical Fit, Diversity, And Attrition: Behavioral Evidence From Emissions Inspections

Date Added: Apr 2009
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This paper explores how Person-Organization (P-O) ethical fit affects the tenure of employees. Author argues that the ethical misfit between employees and their organization is asymmetric, such that one direction can have a stronger effect on attrition than the other. Paper also presents the role that ethical diversity within the organization can have in mediating this effect through potential Person-Group (P-G) fit in subgroups or subcultures. The paper shows that the effects of misfit on attrition are asymmetric, and that ethical diversity also influences attrition. It argues that using pre-hire behavioral data, when available, can be an important methodology in understanding the role of fit in performance and attrition.