Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Managerial Sciences

First Advisor

Dr. Lisa Schurer Lambert

Second Advisor

Dr. Kris Byron

Third Advisor

Dr. Nikolaos Dimotakis

Fourth Advisor

Dr. Leigh Anne Liu


The constructs of ease of movement and trustworthiness are well-known to management researchers. Ease of movement has often been included in turnover models, and trustworthiness is an important antecedent in the integrative trust model. However, despite the familiarity with ease of movement and trustworthiness, our understanding of both constructs may be incomplete. While ease of movement is often included in turnover models, its relationship with outcome variables such as turnover and turnover intent are weak, which may call into question the validity of the construct. As for trustworthiness, prior models appear to assume that the relationship between trustworthiness and trust is linear even though this assumption may not be consistent with common experience. In re-examining ease of movement and trustworthiness by using different methodologies, contexts and analysis, I theorize that I can develop a more complete understanding of both constructs that will allow us to better explain how ease of movement and trustworthiness influence attitudes, behaviors and feelings.


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