Department of Management
Developing and utilizing intra-organizational network resources: Roles of political skill
This study examines the role of political skill in the development and utilization of network resources at the individual level. Drawing on the behavioural and network perspectives as well as political skill literature, we propose that political skill increases one's network resources (developing network), which will benefit his/her performance and career success. Moreover, political skill is hypothesized to strengthen the relationships between network resources and performance and career outcomes (utilizing network). A two-wave study on a sample of 281 supervisor-subordinate dyads from six electronic firms in China confirms our hypotheses. Our examination of the dual role of political skill facilitates a better understanding of the networking process from the perspective of individual skill/behaviour, thus enriching the behavioural theory and network literature. Implications are discussed and directions for future research are suggested. © 2011 The Authors. Journal of Management Studies © 2011 Blackwell Publishing Ltd and Society for the Advancement of Management Studies.
Career growth potential, Network resources, Performance, Political skill
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Journal of Management Studies
Wei, Li-Qun, Flora F.T. Chiang, and Long-Zeng Wu. "Developing and utilizing intra-organizational network resources: Roles of political skill." Journal of Management Studies 49.2 (2012): 381-402.