The Moderating Effect of Need Type on the Prediction of Overall Job Satisfaction
MINNESOTA UNIV MINNEAPOLIS INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS CENTER
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Need type is hypothesized to have a moderating effect on the relationship between the specific dimensions of job satisfaction and overall job satisfaction. More specifically, the hypothesis proposes that unique weighting patterns of the specific satisfaction components and different levels of predictive accuracy will be found for groups having differential need patterns. The hypothesized moderating effect of need type found support in the study. Specifically, need type was found to moderate the relative contributions of the specific satisfaction components in the prediction of overall satisfaction. Thus, differential multivariate weighing combinations of specific job satisfaction dimensions predictive of overall job satisfaction were found for each of the respective need types. In addition, the prediction level of overall satisfaction was found to be generally greater for the need types than for the total sample.