Political skill, supervisor-subordinate guanxi and career prospects in Chinese firms

Liqun Wei, Jun Liu*, Amy Y Y Chen, Long Zeng Wu

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The role of political skill was examined in the dynamics of supervisor-subordinate relationship in Chinese firms. Data from a survey of 343 employees, their 343 direct supervisors, and 662 of their peers were applied to test a model proposing that Chinese subordinates employ political skill to influence their guanxi with their supervisors, and so promote their career development. We found that supervisor-subordinate guanxi mediated the relationship between political skill and career development of the subordinates. Implications of the findings were discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)437-454
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Management Studies
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - May 2010

Scopus Subject Areas

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


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