Discretion in context: A moderated mediation model of the relationship between discretion and turnover intentions

Ariel C. Avgar, Kiwook Kwon, Niti Pandey

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Abstract

This paper examines the relationship between employee discretion and turnover intentions. We test the proposition that this relationship is mediated by employee stress and moderated by employee perceptions of staffing adequacy. We maintain that in assessing the potential effects of increased employee discretion, scholars must also examine the mechanisms through which these benefits are delivered, and the context in which it is provided. In an effort to study discretion in context, we develop and test a 'moderated mediation' model in the healthcare setting. Our findings support the hypotheses that employees stress mediates the relationship between discretion and turnover intentions. In addition, employee perceptions of staffing adequacy are shown to moderate the relationship between employee discretion and stress.

Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - Dec 1 2010
Event70th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management - Dare to Care: Passion and Compassion in Management Practice and Research, AOM 2010 - Montreal, QC, Canada
Duration: Aug 6 2010Aug 10 2010

Other

Other70th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management - Dare to Care: Passion and Compassion in Management Practice and Research, AOM 2010
CountryCanada
CityMontreal, QC
Period8/6/108/10/10

Keywords

  • Discretion
  • Stress
  • Turnover

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management of Technology and Innovation
  • Industrial relations

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