Supervisor-Subordinate Guanxi: Developing a Three-Dimensional Model and Scale

Management and Organization Review, Vol. 5, Issue 3, 375-399, 2009

25 Pages Posted: 7 Jun 2012

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Ying Chen

Vanderbilt University

Ray Friedman

Vanderbilt University - Organizational Behavior

Enhai Yu

North China Electric Power University

Weihua Fang

Beihang University (BUAA)

Xinping Lu

Capital University

Date Written: 2009

Abstract

We develop a three-dimensional concept of supervisor-subordinate guanxi. This concept includes affective attachment, personal-life inclusion, and deference to supervisor. Based on this concept, we conducted three studies to develop and validate a three-dimensional supervisor-subordinate guanxi measure and to examine its relationship with related constructs, such as leader-member exchange. Results from Study 1 and Study 2 provide evidence of convergent and discriminant validity of the scale, while Study 3 demonstrates the scale's incremental validity and replicates results from Study 2. Furthermore, in Study 3, we found that the three dimensions of supervisor-subordinate guanxi had different significant effects on commitment, turnover intention, and procedural justice, providing further evidence of criterion-related validity. Overall, these empirical results provide support for our three-dimensional model of supervisor-subordinate guanxi.

Suggested Citation

Chen, Ying and Friedman, Raymond A. and Yu, Enhai and Fang, Weihua and Lu, Xinping, Supervisor-Subordinate Guanxi: Developing a Three-Dimensional Model and Scale (2009). Management and Organization Review, Vol. 5, Issue 3, 375-399, 2009, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2079746

Ying Chen (Contact Author)

Vanderbilt University ( email )

2301 Vanderbilt Place
Nashville, TN 37240
United States

Raymond A. Friedman

Vanderbilt University - Organizational Behavior ( email )

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United States
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Enhai Yu

North China Electric Power University ( email )

School of Business Administration,NCEPU
No. 2 Beinong Road, Changqing District
Beijing, Beijing 102206
China

Weihua Fang

Beihang University (BUAA) ( email )

37 Xue Yuan Road
Beijing 100083
China

Xinping Lu

Capital University ( email )

303 E. Broad St.
Columbus, OH 43215-3200
United States

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