A policy-capturing approach to individuals′ decisions to be absent

Joseph J. Martocchio, Timothy A. Judge

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This study provided a within-subjects assessment of the factors associated with an individual′s decision to be absent and examined whether there were differences between individuals in their decisions. A sample of maintenance and clerical employees at a large Midwest university responded to hypothetical scenarios describing factors that might contribute to their decisions to be absent on a particular day. Illness explained mare variance than any other factor in individual′s absence decisions. Several other within-subject and between-subject influences were identified. Results from a cluster analysis suggested that the importance of these factors differed between subgroups of individuals, lending support to Johns and Nicholson′s (1982) argument that the meaning of absence is not the same for all individuals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)358-386
Number of pages29
JournalOrganizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


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