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Destructive De-energizing Relationships: How Thriving Buffers their Effect on Performance

Gerbasi, AM, Porath, CL, Parker, A, Spreitzer, G and Cross, R (2015) Destructive De-energizing Relationships: How Thriving Buffers their Effect on Performance Journal of Applied Psychology, 100 (5). pp. 1423-1433.

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In this paper, we establish the relationship between de-energizing relationships and individual performance in organizations. To date, the emphasis in social network research has largely been on positive dimensions of relationships despite literature from social psychology revealing the prevalence and detrimental impact of de-energizing relationships. In 2 field studies, we show that de-energizing relationships in organizations are associated with decreased performance. In Study 1, we investigate how de-energizing relationships are related to lower performance using data from 161 people in the information technology (IT) department of an engineering firm. In Study 2, in a sample of 439 management consultants, we consider whether the effects of de-energizing relationships on performance may be moderated by the extent to which an individual has the psychological resource of thriving at work. We find that individuals who are thriving at work are less susceptible to the effects of de-energizing relationships on job performance. We close by discussing implications of this research.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : Management
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Surrey Business School
Authors :
Gerbasi, AM
Porath, CL
Parker, A
Spreitzer, G
Cross, R
Date : September 2015
DOI : 10.1037/apl0000015
Copyright Disclaimer : PsycINFO Database Record © 2016 APA, all rights reserved
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 11 Aug 2016 13:34
Last Modified : 31 Oct 2017 18:34

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