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Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Marketing

Title

Coping with workplace ostracism: the roles of ingratiation and political skill in employee psychological distress

Language

English

Abstract

The study reported here examined the relationship between workplace ostracism and employee psychological distress (i.e. job tension, emotional exhaustion, and depressed mood at work) by focusing on the joint moderating effects of ingratiation and political skill. Data from a two-wave survey of 215 employees in two oil and gas firms in China indicated that as predicted, workplace ostracism was positively related to psychological distress. Moreover, the findings showed that when employee political skill was high, ingratiation neutralized the relationship between workplace ostracism and psychological distress, but when it was low, ingratiation exacerbated the relationship. © 2011 The Authors. Journal of Management Studies © 2011 Blackwell Publishing Ltd and Society for the Advancement of Management Studies.

Keywords

Ingratiation, Political skill, Psychological distress, Workplace ostracism

Publication Date

2012

Source Publication Title

Journal of Management Studies

Volume

49

Issue

1

Start Page

178

End Page

199

Publisher

Wiley

ISSN (print)

00222380

ISSN (electronic)

14676486

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