Korman, Benjamin, Christian Troester and Steffen R. Giessner (2020)

LMXSC and Paradoxical Coworker-Directed Behaviors: A Dual-Path Mediation Model Involving Pride (Best Paper)

in: Taneja, Sonia (ed.): The 80th Academy of Management Annual Meeting Proceedings, (2020).

Copy reference link   DOI: https://journals.aom.org/doi/abs/10.5465/AMBPP.2020.75

Abstract: We investigate the pride reactions and coworker-directed behaviors of employees with high leader-member exchange social comparison (LMXSC). An experimental vignette and a time-lagged field study across three time points provide robust support for our theory that LMXSC (i.e. the perception of having a better relationship with one’s leader relative to the relationships fellow coworkers have with the leader) triggers feelings of hubristic and authentic pride in employees. Hubristic pride, in turn, promotes coworker-directed undermining while authentic pride promotes interpersonal citizenship behavior. Together, our studies demonstrate why and how LMXSC can have positive and negative effects on employees’ coworker-directed behavior.

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