Dispositional influences on attributions concerning absenteeism

Timothy A. Judge, Joseph J. Martocchio

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Because the degree to which absenteeism is within or beyond an employee's control is a significant yet unresolved issue in the absence literature, it is important to understand the factors which influence employees' attributions about the causes of absence events. As a result of recent research suggesting that personality variables are important influences on work attitudes and behaviors, the present study took a dispositional approach in investigating the predictors of employee absence attributions. Using data collected from three sources, between-subjects analyses suggested a number of dispositional influences on absence attributions. Within-subjects analyses suggested that the factors leading to external attributions vary widely across individuals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)837-861
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of Management
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Finance
  • Strategy and Management


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