Title

Supervisor–subordinate Guanxi and employee work outcomes : the mediating role of job satisfaction

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

Journal of Business Ethics

Publication Date

4-1-2009

Volume

88

Issue

1

First Page

77

Last Page

89

Keywords

supervisor–subordinate guanxi, job satisfaction, participatory management, turnover intentions, organizational commitment, China

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.

DOI

10.1007/s10551-008-9830-0

Print ISSN

01674544

E-ISSN

15730697

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Recommended Citation

Cheung, M. F. Y., Wu, W. P., Chan, A. K. K., & Wong, M. M. L. (2009). Supervisor-subordinate Guanxi and employee work outcomes: The mediating role of job satisfaction. Journal of Business Ethics, 88(1), 77-89. doi: 10.1007/s10551-008-9830-0