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Does leader–member exchange buffer or intensify detrimental reactions to psychological contract breach? The role of employees' career orientation

Doden, Wiebke, Grote, Gudela and Rigotti, Thomas (2018) Does leader–member exchange buffer or intensify detrimental reactions to psychological contract breach? The role of employees' career orientation. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 106. pp. 192-208. ISSN 0001-8791

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.jvb.2018.02.004

Abstract

There is an ongoing debate about two contradictory moderating effects of leader–member exchange (LMX) on the relationship between psychological contract breach (PCB) and work outcomes. Whereas some studies demonstrated LMX to be a social support resource capable of buffering the negative effects of PCB, findings from other research suggest that employees show stronger negative reactions to PCB when the quality of relationships with leaders is high. The present study addresses how these contradictory results can be explained by individuals' career orientations. We surveyed a representative random sample of 954 employees from various organizations and occupations to test whether employees with organization-centred versus self-centred career orientations show different interaction effects of PCB and LMX on (a) career satisfaction and (b) counterproductive work behaviour. The results confirmed our hypotheses, demonstrating that for employees with organization-centred career orientations (n = 596) high LMX fosters detrimental reactions to PCB, whereas for employees with self-centred career orientations (n = 358), high LMX functions as a buffer against negative reactions to PCB. Implications of a more nuanced understanding of how PCB and LMX interact are valuable for research and practice alike.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://www.journals.elsevier.com/journal-of-vocat...
Additional Information: © 2018 Elsevier Inc.
Divisions: Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Sets: Departments > Management
Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2018 09:09
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2019 00:08
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/87331

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