Supervisor-subordinate guanxi and employee work outcomes: The mediating role of job satisfaction

Millissa F.Y. Cheung, Wei Ping WU, Allan K K CHAN, May M.L. Wong

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    Abstract

    In this study, we attempt to explain the divergent results found in the relationships between supervisor-subordinate guanxi and employee work outcomes. Specifically, we propose that the relationships between supervisor-subordinate guanxi and participatory management, turnover intentions, and organizational commitment are mediated by job satisfaction. Based on the data collected from a sample of 196 employees of three local manufacturing firms in Zhejiang Province, China, we found that job satisfaction fully mediated the effects of supervisor-subordinate guanxi on participatory management and intentions to leave, but partially mediated the relationship between supervisor-subordinate guanxi and organizational commitment. Theoretical and practical implications are discussed.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)77-89
    Number of pages13
    JournalJournal of Business Ethics
    Volume88
    Issue numberSUPPL. 1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 2009

    Scopus Subject Areas

    • Business and International Management
    • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
    • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
    • Economics and Econometrics
    • Law

    User-Defined Keywords

    • China
    • Job satisfaction
    • Organizational commitment
    • Participatory management
    • Supervisor-subordinate guanxi
    • Turnover intentions

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