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A relational model of perceived overqualification: the moderating role of interpersonal influence on social acceptance

Deng, Hong, Guan, Yanjun, Wu, Chia-Huei, Erdogan, Berrin, Bauer, Talya and Yao, Xiang (2018) A relational model of perceived overqualification: the moderating role of interpersonal influence on social acceptance. Journal of Management, 44 (8). pp. 3288-3310. ISSN 0149-2063

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Abstract

Theories of perceived overqualification have tended to focus on employees’ job-related responses to account for effects on performance. We offer an alternative perspective and theorize that perceived overqualification could influence work performance through a relational mechanism. We propose that relational skills, in the form of interpersonal influence of overqualified employees, determine their tendency to experience social acceptance and thus engage in positive work-related behaviors. We tested this relational model across two studies using time-lagged, multi-source data. In Study 1, the results indicated that for employees high on interpersonal influence, perceived overqualification was positively related to self-reported social acceptance, whereas for employees low on interpersonal influence, the relationship was negative. Social acceptance, in turn, was positively related to in-role job performance, interpersonal altruism, and team member proactivity evaluated by supervisors. In Study 2, we focused on peer-reported social acceptance and found that the indirect relationships between perceived overqualification and supervisor-reported behavioral outcomes via social acceptance were negative when interpersonal influence was low and nonsignificant when interpersonal influence was high. The implications of the general findings are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://jom.sagepub.com/
Additional Information: © 2016 The Authors
Divisions: Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Sets: Departments > Management
Date Deposited: 30 Aug 2016 16:11
Last Modified: 20 Nov 2019 11:46
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/67547

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