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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