The present study compared the relative predictive validity of different formulations of perceived alternatives in turnover models. These formulations varied according to different levels of specificity and proximity to turnover criteria and were examined within the framework of the Mobley turnover theory (1977; Mobley, Griffeth, Hand and Meglino, 1979). A sample of 244 nurses was administered a survey assessing determinants of turnover. Six months later voluntary turnover data were collected. While intention to quit and turnover were significantly predicted by their antecedents, the results were not entirely supportive of Mobley's theory. Methodological and theoretical reasons were advanced for the inconsistent findings.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Applied Psychology
- Sociology and Political Science
- Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management