A connectionist model of the ideal organization: investigating nurse assessment of person-organization fit

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dc.contributor Wood, Dustin
dc.contributor King, James E.
dc.contributor Whitman, Marilyn V.
dc.contributor Strickland, Haley Perkins
dc.contributor Cheshire, Michelle H.
dc.contributor.advisor Harms, Peter D.
dc.contributor.author Lowman, Graham Hughes
dc.date.accessioned 2019-08-01T14:24:35Z
dc.date.available 2019-08-01T14:24:35Z
dc.date.issued 2019
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0003361
dc.identifier.other Lowman_alatus_0004D_13806
dc.identifier.uri http://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/6174
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract The attraction and retention of nurses is a primary concern in the healthcare industry. I propose a context-sensitive connectionist model of person-organization (P-O) fit to provide a framework for understanding the cognitive information processing that nurses undergo when determining to accept a position or remain at an organization. Building on this framework, I develop and test an occupation-specific instrument for evaluating nurse P-O fit using a qualitative-to-quantitative method. This provides three primary contributions to the P-O fit literature and the study of nurse attraction and retention. First, the proposed model of P-O fit expands on prior P-O fit theories by 1) identifying where the ideal organization concept originates, 2) providing an explanation for why the ideal organization concept changes over time, 3) detailing the cognitive information processing and pattern matching process that dictates how P-O fit is determined by an individual, and 4) accommodating normative and distinctive fit preferences. Second, the development of the corresponding P-O fit instrument, the Nurse Ideal Organization Prototype (IOP), contributes to the literature by demonstrating the qualitative-to-quantitative process of creating an occupation-specific measure of P-O fit. Finally, by testing this measure utilizing overall, normative, and distinctive fit indices, contributions are also made by reinforcing the importance of normative fit relative to attitudinal outcomes and by comparing universal to occupation-specific measures of P-O fit. These contributions both expand current understanding of P-O fit and provide a novel perspective for addressing nurse attraction and retention.
dc.format.extent 131 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Management
dc.subject.other Nursing
dc.title A connectionist model of the ideal organization: investigating nurse assessment of person-organization fit
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. Management Department
etdms.degree.discipline Management
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level doctoral
etdms.degree.name Ph.D.


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