Antecedents and Consequences of Employee Organizational Cynicism: A Meta-Analysis

Journal of Vocational Behavior 83 (2013) 181-197

17 Pages Posted: 26 Feb 2014

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Dan S. Chiaburu

Texas A&M University - Department of Management

Ann C. Peng

Michigan State University - The Eli Broad College of Business and The Eli Broad Graduate School of Management

In‐Sue Oh

Temple University - Department of Human Resource Management

George C. Banks

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU)

Laura Lomeli

Texas A&M University

Date Written: January 18, 2013

Abstract

We propose an integrative framework to investigate the extent to which employees' organizational cynicism is predicted by individual differences (positive and negative affect, trait cynicism) and positive (e.g., organizational support) and negative (e.g. psychological contract violation) aspects of the work environment. We also examine the extent to which organizational cynicism predicts employee attitudes and performance. We investigate these relationships based on 9186 individuals across 34 statistically independent samples from 32 primary studies. Using both new meta-analytic effect sizes from the current study and effect sizes from prior meta-analyses, we test whether a negative antecedent, organizational cynicism, has a predictive advantage over a positive one, organizational trust, in predicting employees' attitudes and behaviors. Our study contributes to a better understanding of the nomological network of organizational cynicism and its relationship with organizational trust.

Keywords: Employee cynicism, employee trust, meta-analysis

Suggested Citation

Chiaburu, Dan S. and Peng, Ann C. and Oh, In-Sue and Banks, George C. and Lomeli, Laura, Antecedents and Consequences of Employee Organizational Cynicism: A Meta-Analysis (January 18, 2013). Journal of Vocational Behavior 83 (2013) 181-197. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2401077

Dan S. Chiaburu

Texas A&M University - Department of Management ( email )

430 Wehner
College Station, TX 77843-4218
United States

Ann C. Peng

Michigan State University - The Eli Broad College of Business and The Eli Broad Graduate School of Management ( email )

East Lansing, MI 48824-1121
United States

In-Sue Oh (Contact Author)

Temple University - Department of Human Resource Management ( email )

1801 Liacouras Walk
Alter Hall 343
Philadelphia, PA 19122
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.fox.temple.edu/mcm_people/in-sue-oh/

George C. Banks

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) ( email )

1015 Floyd Avenue
Richmond, VA 23284
United States

Laura Lomeli

Texas A&M University

Langford Building A
798 Ross St.
College Station, TX 77843-3137
United States

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