Because Individual Determinants Matter: A Theoretical Extension of Peterson’s Organizational Employee Persistence Model

Cristina Stefania Frincu, Andreea Negruti


The world is changing rapidly and the need to adapt and develop presses individuals in a tremendous way to make fast personal and professional decisions in order to face the new challenges. The constant evolution at a global level inevitably translates into changes in the organizational environment, where employees need to develop their authentic professional story, need to define their goals and become competent in the decision making process regarding their career paths.

The self-perceived performance analysis, the relationships with co-workers, the employees’ interest about their career growth and work-life balance proved to be strategic contributions in explaining the turnover in the Model of Organizational Persistence proposed and validated by Shari L. Peterson (2004). Our paper proposes and tests an extension of Peterson’s approach by adding two more personality traits in the model: dispositional authenticity and motivational persistence, with the scope to define a more specific map of the dynamic relationships built between employees and their organization, as we believe that turnover could be managed not just directly by organizations, but also indirectly, by employees, throughout their career management decisions.

This article’s findings could be valuable for both employees - who want to effectively manage their careers, and organizations, aiming to attract, understand, develop and retain talents.

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