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Advances in Psychological Science ›› 2021, Vol. 29 ›› Issue (5): 906-920.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2021.00906

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Job embeddedness: Consequences and theoretical explanation

WU Lunwen1, YANG Fu1, TIAN Yixin2, PEI Yurong3   

  1. 1School of Business Administration, Southwestern University of Finance and Economics, Chengdu 611130, China;
    2School of Labor and Human Resources, Renmin University of China, Beijing 100872, China;
    3Chengdu Normal University, Chengdu 611130, China
  • Received:2019-03-16 Online:2021-05-15 Published:2021-03-30

Abstract: In recent years, as a novel perspective to explain employee voluntary turnover and retention, job embeddedness has received largely considerable attention from scholars and practitioners. According to content analysis, 176 papers from databases of domestic and foreign were reviewed, and then a comprehensive review about the consequences of job embeddedness was conducted based on theoretical perspectives, content analysis, and future directions. Accordingly, six theoretical explanations were summarized, including conservation of resources theory, social capital theory, planned behavior theory, work-role attachment theory, future time perspective, and contagion process model. Using content analysis, the research tendency of job embeddedness and its consequences with multi-perspective were displayed. Future research should make further efforts to propose a theoretic model on team job embeddedness, focus on the spillover effect under cross-culture comparison, highlight the double-edged sword effect, and emphasize the differentiation effects of its sub-dimensions.

Key words: job embeddedness, consequences, theoretical perspectives, content analysis

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