The Cross-Level Effect of Team Politics: A Paradigm of Need Satisfaction

Amy Y Y Chen, Ming Nick Yan, Huishan Zhang

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We invoke and extend the need satisfaction paradigm to explain a neglected phenomenon in organizational politics literature - the cross-level effects of organizational politics as a group-level phenomenon. The underlying rationale is that perception of team politics interferes with the satisfaction of the three basic needs proposed by the need satisfaction paradigm (i.e., need for relatedness, need for competence, and need for autonomy) and supervisor abusive supervision irritates this negative effect because it magnifies the dissatisfaction of these three needs. This represents the first attempt to delve into the effect of team politics on both team- and individual-level outcomes and processes, though prior research suggests that such research is necessary to fully comprehend the effects of workplace politics on employee and organizational outcomes. Findings from a multisource and multi-wave study of 92 work teams provided support for the theses that at the team level, (a) perception of team politics hinders team performance through deterring team behavioral integration and (b) supervisor abusive supervision strengthens the negative effects of perception of team politics on team behavioral integration; at the individual level, (a) perception of team politics triggers individual team member’s counterproductive work behavior through diminishing his/her organizational identification and (b) supervisor abusive supervision serves as a stimulus to reinforce the adverse effects of perception of team politics on member organizational identification. We discuss the theoretical and practical implications derived from our research.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAcademy of Management Proceedings 2019
EditorsSonia Taneja
PublisherAcademy of Management
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2019
Event79th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, AOM 2019: Understanding the Inclusive Organization - Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Duration: 9 Aug 201913 Aug 2019 (Conference website) (Conference proceedings) (Conference program)

Publication series

NameAcademy of Management Proceedings
ISSN (Print)0065-0668
ISSN (Electronic)2151-6561


Conference79th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, AOM 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityBoston, Massachusetts
Internet address


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