Does Person-Organization Fit Mediate the Relationship between Affect-Based Work Antecedents and Public Employee Job Satisfaction?


  • Sungdae Lim Sam Houston State University
  • Keon-Hyung Lee Florida State University
  • Kwi-Hee Bae Soongsil University



Person-Organization Fit, Transformational Leadership, Role Clarity, Job Satisfaction


In this study we investigate whether person-organization fit mediates the relationship between affect-based work antecedents—specifically, transformational leadership and role clarity—and public employee job satisfaction. We hypothesize that transformational leadership and role clarity, as joint affect-based work antecedents, will trigger the effect of value congruence on job satisfaction in public organizations. Using a viewpoint survey of South Korean government officials, we estimate structural equation models to test this hypothesis. Our findings indicate that person-organization fit does mediate the relationship between transformational leadership and job satisfaction. However, we also find that the mediating effect of person-organization fit on the relationship between role clarity and job satisfaction is not significant. This study contributes to our understanding of how affect-based work experiences can influence the person-organization fit and job satisfaction relationship. Implications are discussed accordingly.

Author Biographies

  • Sungdae Lim, Sam Houston State University

    Sungdae Lim is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Sam Houston State University. His research interests include leadership, public and nonprofit management, and organization theory and behavior.

  • Keon-Hyung Lee, Florida State University

    Keon-Hyung Lee is a Professor in the Askew School of Public Administration and Policy at Florida State University. His research interests are comparative public management, performance management, and health services administration.

  • Kwi-Hee Bae, Soongsil University

    Kwi-Hee Bae is a Professor in the School of Public Administration at Soongsil University. Kwi- Hee Bae has research interests in human resource management and leadership in the public sector as well as administrative ethics.






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