Superstitious Behaviors and Perceived Job Performance of Internal Auditing Staffs in Thailand

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Peerayuth Charoensukmongkol

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          This research explores some traits and job-related characteristics that might be associated with superstitious behaviors. The author also aims to investigate the connection between superstitious behaviors and perceived job performance. The survey data was collected from 141 internal auditing staffs at a leading financial institution in Thailand. Results from partial least square analysis reveal that external locus of control and the lack of opportunity for career advancement are the major factors that strongly predict superstitious behaviors. The analysis also confirms the positive contribution of superstitious behaviors on perceived job performance. Furthermore, the role of superstitious behaviors on perceived job performance is strongly moderated by an external locus of control, a lack of opportunity for career advancement, and inadequate experience in the auditing job. Overall, these findings provide important evidence regarding some conditions that might explain why individuals embrace superstitious behaviors and what conditions could cause the individuals to benefit from such behaviors.

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