Journal of Business and Psychology

, Volume 19, Issue 4, pp 555–570 | Cite as

Some Suggestions for Mapping Organizational Members’ Sense of Fit

  • Jon Billsberry
  • Véronique Ambrosini
  • John Moss-Jones
  • Philip Marsh


Despite its importance in the organizational behavior literature, person–organization (P–O) fit remains an elusive construct. One reason for this is the lack of research about organizational members’ own sense of their P–O fit. In this paper we discuss the criteria required of suitable research tools to explore this domain. Drawing on arguments from the cognition literature, we argue that storytelling and causal mapping techniques are suitable for exploring organizational members’ sense of fit. We conclude with a short example of the method in action and a discussion of some of the practical issues that researchers will face.


causal mapping person–organization fit storytelling 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jon Billsberry
    • 1
  • Véronique Ambrosini
    • 2
  • John Moss-Jones
    • 3
  • Philip Marsh
    • 4
  1. 1.Centre for Human Resource and Change Management, Open University Business SchoolThe Open UniversityMilton KeynesUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Cranfield UniversityUnited Kingdom
  3. 3.The Open UniversityUnited Kingdom
  4. 4.The Open UniversityUnited Kingdom

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