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Journal of Business and Psychology

, Volume 4, Issue 3, pp 375–384 | Cite as

Psychological predictors of geographical relocation: Case study of a plant shutdown

  • John L. Cotton
  • Ann Majchrzak
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Abstract

Although there has been considerable research examining how economic and demographic variables predict geographical mobility, there has been little research examining the efficacy of psychological variables. It was hypothesized that personality characteristics, attitudes, and intentions would predict whether or not blue collar workers relocated with their company following a plant shutdown. Discriminant analysis indicated that a number of these variables significantly predicted relocation after controlling for demographic variables. When the analysis compared relocators with non-relocators who were not eligible for a full pension, a smaller and somewhat different cluster of variables significantly predicted relocation. The results are discussed in terms of introducing psychological variables for predicting geographical mobility.

Keywords

Social Psychology Discriminant Analysis Demographic Variable Personality Characteristic Social Issue 
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© Human Sciences Press 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • John L. Cotton
    • 1
  • Ann Majchrzak
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Management, College of Business AdministrationMarquette UniversityMilwaukee
  2. 2.University of Southern CaliforniaUSA

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