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Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Management

Title

Political skill, supervisor–subordinate guanxi and career prospects in Chinese firms

Language

English

Abstract

The role of political skill was examined in the dynamics of supervisor-subordinate relationship in Chinese firms. Data from a survey of 343 employees, their 343 direct supervisors, and 662 of their peers were applied to test a model proposing that Chinese subordinates employ political skill to influence their guanxi with their supervisors, and so promote their career development. We found that supervisor-subordinate guanxi mediated the relationship between political skill and career development of the subordinates. Implications of the findings were discussed. © 2009 Blackwell Publishing Ltd and Society for the Advancement of Management Studies.

Publication Date

2010

Source Publication Title

Journal of Management Studies

Volume

47

Issue

3

Start Page

437

End Page

454

Publisher

Wiley

ISSN (print)

00222380

ISSN (electronic)

14676486

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