Linking Subordinate Political Skill to Supervisor Dependence and Reward Recommendations: A Moderated Mediation Model

Journal of Applied Psychology, 2013, Vol. 98, No. 2, 374-384

11 Pages Posted: 16 Jul 2015

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Junqi Shi

Sun Yat-Sen University (SYSU) - Lingnan (University) College

Russell Johnson

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

Yihao Liu

University of Florida - Warrington College of Business Administration

Mo Wang

University of Florida - Department of Management

Date Written: March 1, 2013

Abstract

In this study, we examined the relations of subordinate political skill with supervisor's dependence on the subordinate and supervisor reward recommendation, as well as mediating (interaction frequency with supervisor) and moderating (supervisor political behavior) variables of these relations. Our theoretical model was tested using data collected from employees in a company that specialized in construction management. Analyses of multisource and lagged data from 53 construction management team supervisors and 296 subordinates indicated that subordinate political skill was positively related to supervisor reward recommendation via subordinate's interaction frequency with supervisor. Although interaction frequency with a supervisor was also positively related to the supervisor's dependence on the subordinate, the indirect effect of subordinate political skill on dependence was not significant. Further, both the relationship between subordinate political skill and interaction frequency with a supervisor and the indirect relationships between subordinate political skill and supervisor reward recommendation were stronger when supervisors exhibited more political behavior.

Keywords: dependence, interaction frequency, political behavior, political skill, reward recommendation, construction management

Suggested Citation

Shi, Junqi and Johnson, Russell and Liu, Yihao and Wang, Mo, Linking Subordinate Political Skill to Supervisor Dependence and Reward Recommendations: A Moderated Mediation Model (March 1, 2013). Journal of Applied Psychology, 2013, Vol. 98, No. 2, 374-384. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2631231

Junqi Shi

Sun Yat-Sen University (SYSU) - Lingnan (University) College ( email )

135 Xingang Xi Road
Guangzhou, Guangdong 510275
China

Russell Johnson (Contact Author)

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

Yihao Liu

University of Florida - Warrington College of Business Administration ( email )

Gainesville, FL 32611
United States

Mo Wang

University of Florida - Department of Management ( email )

United States

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