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The outcomes of job change

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Journal publication date06/1989
JournalJournal of Vocational Behavior
Journal number3
Volume34
Number of pages15
Pages335-349
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

A longitudinal study of jobchange among 1100 British managers is described. Repeated measures of perceived work characteristics, self concepts, and work preferences reveal that particular types of jobchange—employer moves, status shifts (up and lateral), and function change—have characteristic outcomes. Interorganizational movers and upward status movers in particular appear to benefit from jobchange. Jobchange is associated with increases in perceived opportunities for growth and material rewards, whereas immobility is associated with decreased opportunities. The results are discussed in relation to stress coping and environmental mastery perspectives on jobchange, and their implications for organizational, career and human resources development policies are briefly considered.