Organisational climate, person–organisation fit and turn over intention: a generational perspective within a South African Higher Education Institution

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Grobler, A. and Jansen van Rensburg, M. 2019. Organisational climate, person–organisation fit and turn over intention: a generational perspective within a South African Higher Education Institution. Studies in Higher Education. 44 (11), pp. 2053-2065. https://doi.org/10.1080/03075079.2018.1492533
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TitleOrganisational climate, person–organisation fit and turn over intention: a generational perspective within a South African Higher Education Institution
AuthorsGrobler, A. and Jansen van Rensburg, M.
Abstract

A ‘new’ workplace landscape in the higher education sector leads to employees questioning their fit within the current organisation. This paper presents the findings of an organisational climate study within a South African Higher Education Institution and highlights multi-generational perspectives. The theoretical contribution of this paper is a confirmation of the multi-level as well as the interactionistic nature of the macro (organisational climate), the meso (P–O fit) and micro (turnover intention) variables, as impacted on by the differences between the generational categories. Findings suggest that when thinking of leaving the employ of the university, Generation X considers the congruence between the demands of the job and compensation whereas Generation Y and Baby Boomers consider complementary fit and treatment by the direct manager as instrumental. The study is concluded with practical recommendations to reduce employees’ turnover intention to ensure a productive and effective workforce.

KeywordsOrganisational climate; person-organisation fit; turnover intention; higher education; generational perspective
PublisherTaylor & Francis (Routledge)
JournalStudies in Higher Education
ISSN0307-5079
Electronic1470-174X
Publication dates
Online03 Jul 2018
Print02 Nov 2019
Publication process dates
Deposited31 May 2024
Output statusPublished
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/03075079.2018.1492533
Web of Science identifierWOS:000493463400016
LanguageEnglish
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