Friday, August 20, 2010


IWS Documented News Service
Institute for Workplace Studies----------------- Professor Samuel B. Bacharach
School of Industrial & Labor Relations-------- Director, Institute for Workplace Studies
Cornell University
16 East 34th Street, 4th floor----------------------
Stuart Basefsky
New York, NY 10016 -------------------------------Director, IWS News Bureau


WorldatWork (Total Rewards Association)


Organizational Culture and Total Rewards: Person-Organiztion Fit

Michael M. Harris, Ph.D., University of Missouri-St. Louis

July 2010

[full-text, 18 pages]


Despite a relatively large body of academic literature on the subject, important questions remain regarding the general fit between a person and his/her environment (P-E fit) as well as person-organization fit (P-O fit). More specifically, one area that has been relatively unexplored is the relationship between P-O fit and total rewards systems.


The minimal research that has been conducted on the subject seems to support a link, but details are lacking. This study:


    * Used a broader measure of P-O fit than was used in earlier research on total rewards systems. This comprehensive evaluation has helped to more fully explain the overall fit between an organization and an employee as it relates to reactions to the total rewards system.

    * Examined more parameters of total rewards.

    * Included employee engagement, a relatively new construct that has been defined in a variety of ways, as a potential outcome in the research model.

    * Using a 40-item organizational cultural profile (OCP), research participants rated:

          o Their own values

          o Their perceptions of their organizations’ values

          o The importance to themselves of each of the major rewards elements included in the WorldatWork Total Rewards Model as well as their satisfaction with each component

          o Their overall work engagement.



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