Perceived Similarity to Employees and Organizational Attraction: An Examination in the Retail Industry
Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Research suggests that characteristics of organizational members often define the organization. However, most research on person-organization fit focuses on comparisons between individual characteristics and organizational characteristics, rather than comparisons between the individual and the organization’s employees. We suggest that a person-to-person approach may be more meaningful. In the current study, similarity between participants and stereotypical employees at well-know retail stores was assessed, and participants rated their attraction to each of those stores. Both objective and subjective measures of applicant-employee fit were found to predict perceptions of organizational attractiveness beyond the influence of pay.
Devendorf, Shelba, "Perceived Similarity to Employees and Organizational Attraction: An Examination in the Retail Industry" (2005). Psychology Ph.D. Dissertations. 106.