Does Item Ordering Affect the Factor Structure of Job Attitudes?


Third year graduate student Ian Smith and Assistant Professor Dr. Bradley Brummel will be presenting a paper entitled Does Item Ordering Affect the Factor Structure of Job Attitudes? at SIOP's 24th Annual Conference in New Orleans, from April 2-4, 2009. This conference is a great opportunity for researchers and practitioners to present new findings and explore unique research perspectives.

Scale construction is an important issue for research and practice, specifically for job attitudes given their relationship with organizational outcomes. We examined the effects of item presentation from a number of job attitude scales on construct reliability, correlations among constructs, and factor structure. Results suggest that the reliability of job attitude measures is not affected by item grouping, however, correlations between job attitudes may be underestimated. Moreover, a single overall factor of job attitudes has emerged regardless of item grouping, which strengthens the contention that item ordering has an affect on the manner in which participants answer the scale items.