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Intra-organizational Mobility and Employees’ Work-related Contact Patterns: Evidence from Panel Data in the European Commission

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posted on 2024-06-21, 10:19 authored by Francesca Vantaggiato, Zuzana Murdoch, Hussein Kassim, Geys Benny, Sara Connolly

Programmesto encourage  staff  to  move withinpublic  sector organizationshave  become increasingly widespread in recent decades. Yet, although there are some anecdotal accounts,the effects of  such  intra-organizational  mobility  remain largely  unexplored.Building  on insights  from  organization  theoryand  social  psychology, we argue  that  intra-organizational mobility entails an important trade-off: it undermines movers’ depth of work-related contactswithinthe (new) department, whileit increasesthe  breadth  of  theirwork-related contactsoutsideit. Our empirical analysis evaluates this trade-offusing a longitudinal dataset ofmovers (N=149) and stayers(N=473) across two survey waves among European Commission officials in 2014 and 2018. Our main findingsconfirm that intra-organizational mobility is connected in opposing ways to employees’intra-and extra-departmental work-related contactpatterns.In line with theoretical expectations, we find theserelationshipsto be stronger for employees who have previously experienced intra-organizational moves (‘repeat-movers’).

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Author affiliation

College of Social Sci Arts and Humanities School of Business

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  • AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Published in

Journal of public administration research and theory

Publisher

Oxford University Press (OUP)

issn

1053-1858

eissn

1477-9803

Copyright date

2024

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Notes

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Language

en

Deposited by

Professor Sara Connolly

Deposit date

2024-06-19

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