Cosmopolitans and Locals: The Same Rules Still Apply to the Local Government Workforce

International Journal of Applied HRM (ISSN: 1742-2604) Volume 2 Issue 2

Mrs. Sharon Lech and Dr. Martyn Lowe


The impact of local and cosmopolitan roles on employee perceptions and activities such as intent to turnover, job satisfaction and person/job fit within the psychological contract was investigated in this study. A study of 261 senior professional employees working in local government in England showed that cosmopolitan-oriented employees were likely to display a higher intent to turnover than their local-oriented counterparts.

The study identified key job and work characteristics, which related to the organisational knowledge held by the senior professional employees in management roles, that suggested such employees were locals in orientation. The results showed that those managers, which scored highly in terms of psychological contract fit and job satisfaction, were less likely to turnover.

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