Examining the influence of transformational leadership, organizational commitment, job embeddedness, and job search behaviors on turnover intentions in intercollegiate athletics

Jon Welty-Peachey, Laura J. Burton, Janelle E. Wells

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Abstract

Design/methodology/approach – In total, 196 senior athletic administrators completed an online questionnaire assessing transformational leadership of the athletic director, organizational commitment, job embeddedness, job search behaviors, and voluntary turnover intentions. A model of turnover intentions was tested using structural equation modeling.

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to explore the influence of transformational leadership, organizational commitment, job embeddedness, and job search behaviors on voluntary turnover intentions among senior administrators in intercollegiate athletics departments in the USA.

Research limitations/implications – While the study results cannot be generalized outside of the intercollegiate context, the findings further the understanding of variables influencing the relationship between transformational leadership and turnover, which can guide future research.

Findings – Results indicated that organizational commitment did not mediate the relationship between transformational leadership and job search behaviors, nor did job search behaviors mediate the relationship between organizational commitment and turnover intentions. However, job embeddedness moderated the relationship between organizational commitment and job search behaviors.

Practical implications – To limit job search and retain employees, managers would benefit from targeting retention efforts on employees with less organizational commitment and lower levels of job embededdness. Managers should strive to foster job embeddedness among employees.

Originality/value – This study examines potential mediating and moderating variables of the relationship between transformational leadership and voluntary turnover intentions, an area of inquiry that has not been fully explored in the literature.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)740-755
Number of pages16
JournalLeadership and Organization Development Journal
Volume35
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 28 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Job embeddedness
  • Job search behaviors
  • Organizational commitment
  • Transformational leadership
  • Voluntary turnover

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting (miscellaneous)
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Examining the influence of transformational leadership, organizational commitment, job embeddedness, and job search behaviors on turnover intentions in intercollegiate athletics'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this