The Effects of Public Service Motivation on Job Choice Decisions: Disentangling the Contributions of Person-Organization Fit and Person-Job Fit

Christensen, Robert K.; Wright, Bradley E.
October 2011
Journal of Public Administration Research & Theory;Oct2011, Vol. 21 Issue 4, p723
Academic Journal
The article presents a study which investigates the independent effects of both the person-organization fit and person-job fit to explain the influence of public service motivation (PSM) on job choice. It mentions that a survey-based vignettes was used in the study to manipulate employment sector, service, and salary aspects of hypothetical job offers to examine the role they played in the career decisions of the PSM respondents. Results show that a more important role is played by PSM in person-job fit than person-organization fit. It adds that PSM is one of the factors influencing the person-organization in the public sector.


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