Document Type : Original Article


1 Associate Professor, Department of Public Administration, Faculty of Economics and Management, Lorestan University, Khorramabad, Iran

2 PhD student in public administration, Faculty of Economics and Management, Lorestan University, Khorramabad, Iran

3 Associate Professor, Department of Public Administration, Faculty of Literature and Humanities, Ilam University, Ilam, Iran


In this study, the effect of high-level competence perception on the emergence of withdrawn behaviors and job search behaviors with the variable role of job dissatisfaction mediator and moderator of ambition has been investigated. This research is a correlational description in terms of quantitative research in terms of data collection method. The main tool for data collection is the standard questionnaire. The statistical population of employees working in Ilam Power Distribution Company is 493 people, the sample size was 216 people using Cochran's formula. Structural equation modeling and Smart PLS software were used to analyze the data. The results showed that the perception of high level of competence has a significant and positive effect on the emergence of withdrawn behaviors and job search behaviors. Job dissatisfaction has a significant and positive effect on the emergence of withdrawal behaviors. Perceptions of high-level competence through job dissatisfaction have an indirect and positive effect on the emergence of withdrawal behaviors and job search. Ultimately, ambition moderates, in other words, increases the relationship between perceptions of high-level competence and withdrawn behaviors and job search.


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