Developing and Utilizing Network Resources: Roles of Political Skill

Liqun Wei*, Flora Chiang, Long Zeng Wu

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This study examines the role of political skill in the development and utilization of network resources at the individual level. Drawing on the behavioural and network perspectives as well as political skill literature, we propose that political skill increases one's network resources (developing network), which will benefit his/her performance and career success. Moreover, political skill is hypothesized to strengthen the relationships between network resources and performance and career outcomes (utilizing network). A two-wave study on a sample of 281 supervisor-subordinate dyads from six electronic firms in China confirms our hypotheses. Our examination of the dual role of political skill facilitates a better understanding of the networking process from the perspective of individual skill/behaviour, thus enriching the behavioural theory and network literature. Implications are discussed and directions for future research are suggested.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)381-402
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Management Studies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2012

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

User-Defined Keywords

  • Career growth potential
  • Network resources
  • Performance
  • Political skill


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