This article uses a well-researched deterministic model from the attitude literature to empirically examine how attitudes that decision makers within the Canadian federal public sector hold towards various work arrangements relate to behaviors (use of the work arrangements), intended behaviors (proposed adoption of the work arrangements), and personal preference. Attitude formation and decision making with respect to both organizational and employee quality of work life issues are considered. The results indicate that decision makers in the public sector consider organizational issues to be more important than employee issues with respect to the selection of alternative work arrangements. They also strongly support the underlying theoretical model initially proposed. Manager's intentions to implement work arrangements in the future can be predicted by their current attitudes towards these work arrangements. Results from this analysis should prove useful to organizations planning to implement alternative work arrangements.
Journal of Business Research
Sprott School of Business

Duxbury, L, & Haines Jr., G. (George). (1991). Predicting alternative work arrangements from salient attitudes: A study of decision makers in the public sector. Journal of Business Research, 23(1), 83–97. doi:10.1016/0148-2963(91)90060-B