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Effects of a Person - Environment Fit on Faculty Trust

Kim, Byeong Yong 1

1수원대학교

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ABSTRACT

It is important to develop trust between faculty and students in order to improve the quality of university education. Little attention has been paid although person-environment fit theory suggested that both the person-university fit and the person-major fit can act as antecedents of trust. Thus, the current study investigated how both the person-university fit and the person-major fit affected faculty trust in terms of four factors: intimacy, expertise, teaching ability and leadership respectively. This study used a survey method and collected data from 232 undergraduate students majoring in hotel and tourism based on the convenience sampling technique. Frequency, reliability, and correlation analyses were performed using SPSS WIN 21.0 and AMOS 21.0. A statistical package was used to test the research model and hypotheses. Results showed that the person-university fit and the person-major fit significantly affected each of the four faculty trust factors. Such a result suggests that it is possible that person- environment fit theory mainly used in the field of private firms is also applicable in a university setting. Managerial suggestions are discussed based on these results.

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