The role of individual differences in job satisfaction among Indonesians and Malaysians

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Abstract

This study looks at the role of core self-evaluation (CSE), personality traits and several demographic variables as determinants of job satisfaction levels among Indonesians and Malaysians. Four hundred Indonesians and Malaysians between the ages of 23 and 65 who have received a university degree from abroad and who are currently working in their home country participated in this study. The survey used in this study was conducted in English and were distributed through e-mail. The collected data were analyzed using SPSS 12.0 and AMOS 4.0. This study found that CSE do determine the job satisfaction of Indonesians and Malaysians. None of the personality traits was correlated to job satisfaction amongst Malaysians, but agreeableness and openness does determine job satisfaction level of Indonesians. In addition, educational level, marital status, age and organizational tenure influence the level of job satisfaction among Indonesians and Malaysians. This study also determined that Malaysians are generally more satisfied with their jobs than Indonesians. Thus, this study shows that Indonesians and Malaysians are different individuals and should not be clustered into the same group.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)496-511
Number of pages16
JournalEuropean Journal of Social Sciences
Volume10
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2009

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Keywords

  • Individual differences
  • Indonesians
  • Job satisfaction
  • Malaysians

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