Employee turnover intention : the roles of leader goal orientation profiles and perceived motivational climate
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- Master of Science 
Turnover intention remains central issue, as retaining valuable and dedicated employees can yield organizations with a competitive advantage. Drawing on achievement goal theory, we propose that leader goal orientation profile (GOP) and the perceived motivational climate (i.e., mastery and performance) influences employee turnover intention. In addition, we suggest that leader's GOP may serve as a relevant antecedent of the perceived motivational climate, and that the motivational climate functions as a mediator between leader GOP and employee turnover intention. A multisource sample of 105 leaders along with 340 employees revealed that leaders with a high mastery/high performance GOP and high mastery/low performance GOP indicated a stronger, positive influence on employee turnover intentions than leaders with a moderate mastery/moderate performance GOP. Further, the results indicated that a perceived mastery climate holds the strongest negative relationship with turnover intention. The findings point to the need for organizations to consider both ‘positive’ and ‘negative’ facilitators of employee turnover intention. Future directions are discussed.
Masteroppgave(MSc) in Master of Science in Leadership and Organizational Psychology - Handelshøyskolen BI, 2017