2008 Student Research Conference:
21st Annual Student Research Conference

Embeddedness Across Cultures: A Comparison of U.S. and Albanian Turnover
Julia Stefani* and Ada Taho
Dr. Michael Blum and Dr. Wendy Harman (University of Washington, Bothell), Faculty Mentors

The development and study of turnover theories, and more specifically job embeddedness, have mainly occurred in the United States. This paper seeks to expand the knowledge of the influence of job embeddedness using a cross-cultural comparison of a U.S. and Albanian sample of employees working in the banking industry. Findings show that the Albanian sample differed from the U.S. sample in the influence that the traditional, affective components of turnover, that of commitment and satisfaction, have on intent to leave as well as the highly predictive (in U.S. samples) job embeddedness construct. Demographic and cultural explanations for these differences suggest that job embeddedness may have differential effects cross-culturally.

Keywords: embeddedness, employee turnover, banking industry, managment, cross-cultural

Topic(s):Business Administration

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 31-3
Location: VH 1232
Time: 1:45

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