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Psychological Ownership: How Having Control Matters

27 Pages Posted: 16 Jun 2012  

Jun Liu

Renmin University of China

Hui Wang

Peking University - Guanghua School of Management

Chun Hui

Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST) - Department of Management & Organization

Cynthia Lee

Northeastern University - Management Information Systems Area

Date Written: July 2012

Abstract

The study builds a cross‐level work process control‐based model of psychological ownership in a Chinese context. We operationalize individual‐level control as participative decision‐making and unit‐level control as the self‐managing team climate. We further theorize how the value orientation of employees to power differentials moderates the mediating effects of psychological ownership on the relationship between the two levels of control and employee outcomes. We found that the positive effects of control experiences on some outcomes are mediated by psychological ownership. Additionally, power distance moderates the mediating role of psychological ownership. Our results suggest that, in order to cultivate the positive effects of perceived control on employee contributions, managers should pay attention to employees high in power distance since these individuals are reluctant to exercise control. Training or encouraging these individuals to participate in decision making may help them cultivate the positive feelings of psychological ownership.

Keywords: organization‐based self‐esteem, perceived control, power distance, psychological ownership

Suggested Citation

Liu, Jun and Wang, Hui and Hui, Chun and Lee, Cynthia, Psychological Ownership: How Having Control Matters (July 2012). Journal of Management Studies, Vol. 49, Issue 5, pp. 869-895, 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2085068 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-6486.2011.01028.x

Jun Liu (Contact Author)

Renmin University of China ( email )

Room B906
Xianjin Building
Beijing, Beijing 100872
China

Hui Wang

Peking University - Guanghua School of Management ( email )

Peking University
Beijing, Beijing 100871
China

Chun Hui

Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST) - Department of Management & Organization ( email )

2419
Clear Water Bay, Kowloon
852 2358 7741 (Phone)

Cynthia Lee

Northeastern University - Management Information Systems Area ( email )

Boston, MA 02115
United States

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