Are Supervisors Fair Mediators? The Effects of Personality Traits and Age Difference on Expected Mediation Fairness

Social Behavior and Personality, 2009, 37(1), 59-72

14 Pages Posted: 7 Jun 2012

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Shu-Cheng Chi

National Taiwan University - Department of Business Administration

Ray Friedman

Vanderbilt University - Organizational Behavior

Mei-Yu Yang

Chihlee Institute of Technology

Date Written: 2009

Abstract

In this study subordinates’ perceptions of their supervisors as potential mediators of disputes were investigated. In a scenario study using a sample of 122 supervisor-subordinate dyads in Taiwan, it was found that expected fairness of supervisors as mediators is affected by supervisor extraversion and also by supervisor agreeableness, but only when the supervisor is much older than the employee. Expected fairness of supervisors was not affected by supervisor mediation self-efficacy. These findings suggest that mediator fairness is driven more by personality considerations than by skill considerations.

Suggested Citation

Chi, Shu-Cheng and Friedman, Raymond A. and Yang, Mei-Yu, Are Supervisors Fair Mediators? The Effects of Personality Traits and Age Difference on Expected Mediation Fairness (2009). Social Behavior and Personality, 2009, 37(1), 59-72, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2079007

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Mei-Yu Yang

Chihlee Institute of Technology ( email )

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