What is it about?

Perceived employee misfit is not necessarily value incongruence. We demonstrate how this misconception came to pass and argue that there are at least four distinctly different ways to conceptualize the construct.

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Why is it important?

We challenge misfit researchers to reconsider how employee misfit is conceptualized and measured.


Research on 'misfit' came from studies of 'fit'. Although it might share 'fit' in the title, our suspicion is that misfit as viewed from the misfit's perspective is something qualitatively different. We explore how the theoretical roots in fit led to a particular take on misfit, which is only now, 40 years or so on, is being challenged with qualitative studies of the construct that actually explore misfit from the sufferers' perspective.

Jon Billsberry
University of Wollongong

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This page is a summary of: An investigation into how value incongruence became misfit, Journal of Management History, December 2022, Emerald, DOI: 10.1108/jmh-09-2022-0051.
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