Psychological Contracts as a Mediator Between Machiavellianism and Employee Citizenship and Deviant Behaviors

Thomas J. Zagenczyk, Simon Lloyd D Restubog, Christian Kiewitz, Kohyar Kiazad, Robert L. Tang

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Abstract

Results from four studies in multiple contexts drawing on different data sources provide full support for the proposition that Machiavellian employees prefer forming transactional psychological contracts (schemas of their employee-employer relationship that are economic in nature) and that such contracts mediate the relationship between Machiavellianism and supervisor-rated (a) organizational citizenship behaviors and (b) deviant behaviors, respectively. The authors' research contributes to scholars' understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of the relationship between Machiavellianism and contextual performance as well as to the psychological contracts literature by demonstrating that Machiavellianism influences contextual performance because it affects the manner in which employees construe their employment relationships.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1098-1122
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of Management
Volume40
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2014
Externally publishedYes

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Psychological contract
Deviant behavior
Citizenship behavior
Mediator
Machiavellianism
Employees
Contextual performance
Employers
Organizational citizenship behavior
Data sources
Economics
Supervisors

Keywords

  • Machiavellianism
  • OCB
  • deviance
  • organizational citizenship behavior
  • psychological contracts
  • task performance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Finance
  • Strategy and Management

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Psychological Contracts as a Mediator Between Machiavellianism and Employee Citizenship and Deviant Behaviors. / Zagenczyk, Thomas J.; Restubog, Simon Lloyd D; Kiewitz, Christian; Kiazad, Kohyar; Tang, Robert L.

In: Journal of Management, Vol. 40, No. 4, 05.2014, p. 1098-1122.

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Zagenczyk, Thomas J. ; Restubog, Simon Lloyd D ; Kiewitz, Christian ; Kiazad, Kohyar ; Tang, Robert L. / Psychological Contracts as a Mediator Between Machiavellianism and Employee Citizenship and Deviant Behaviors. In: Journal of Management. 2014 ; Vol. 40, No. 4. pp. 1098-1122.
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