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Linking perceived overqualification with task performance and proactivity? An examination from self-concept-based perspective

Linking perceived overqualification with task performance and proactivity? An examination from self-concept-based perspective
Linking perceived overqualification with task performance and proactivity? An examination from self-concept-based perspective
Drawing from self-concept-based theory of work motivation, the present study sought to investigate the positive effect of perceived overqualification on employee outcomes via work engagement under the boundary conditions of empowering leadership and felt role clarity. We tested our hypotheses with a multi-source and multi-wave survey using a sample of 351 industrial employees from China. The results revealed a significant three-way interaction effect on work engagement (i.e., the interaction among the three variables of perceived overqualification, empowering leadership, and felt role clarity). Further, work engagement was found to positively mediate the relationship between the above three-way interaction effect and the employee outcomes of task performance and proactivity. The findings supported the study’s theoretical reasoning that perceived overqualification was positively related to employees’ behavioral outcomes via work engagement in the workplace under the boundary conditions we examined. The theoretical and practical implications are discussed.
Empowering leadership, Felt role clarity, Perceived overqualification, Task performance and proactivity, Work engagement
0148-2963
199-209
Ma, Chao
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Lin, Xiaoshuang
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Ma, Chao, Lin, Xiaoshuang, Chen, Zhen Xiong and Wei, Wu (2020) Linking perceived overqualification with task performance and proactivity? An examination from self-concept-based perspective. Journal of Business Research, 118, 199-209. (doi:10.1016/j.jbusres.2020.06.041).

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Drawing from self-concept-based theory of work motivation, the present study sought to investigate the positive effect of perceived overqualification on employee outcomes via work engagement under the boundary conditions of empowering leadership and felt role clarity. We tested our hypotheses with a multi-source and multi-wave survey using a sample of 351 industrial employees from China. The results revealed a significant three-way interaction effect on work engagement (i.e., the interaction among the three variables of perceived overqualification, empowering leadership, and felt role clarity). Further, work engagement was found to positively mediate the relationship between the above three-way interaction effect and the employee outcomes of task performance and proactivity. The findings supported the study’s theoretical reasoning that perceived overqualification was positively related to employees’ behavioral outcomes via work engagement in the workplace under the boundary conditions we examined. The theoretical and practical implications are discussed.

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Accepted/In Press date: 18 June 2020
e-pub ahead of print date: 2 July 2020
Published date: September 2020
Keywords: Empowering leadership, Felt role clarity, Perceived overqualification, Task performance and proactivity, Work engagement

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Local EPrints ID: 442496
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/442496
ISSN: 0148-2963
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Author: Chao Ma
Author: Xiaoshuang Lin
Author: Zhen Xiong Chen
Author: Wu Wei

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