Accession Number:

ADA558226

Title:

The Moderating Effect of Psychological Empowerment on the Relationship between Network Centrality and Individual Job Performance

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH GRADUATE SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND MANAGEMENT

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2012-03-22

Pagination or Media Count:

64.0

Abstract:

The purpose of this research was to identify the effect of psychological empowerment PE on social network location and individual performance. This study sought to test three hypotheses, which were introduced through a comprehensive literature review, regarding the relationships between social network centrality and individual job performance. Research has indicated a positive relationship between network centrality and performance however, other research suggests performance can be better predicted by including motivation in the model. Therefore a moderation model was developed and tested to identify the relationships between network centrality, PE, and three categories of individual job performance task performance, organizational citizenship behavior OCB, and counterproductive work behavior CWB. The moderation results suggest that PE influences the relationship between social network centrality and both task performance and OCBs. PE appears to enhance the relationship between network centrality and performance such that individuals with high perceptions of PE perform better than individuals with lower perceptions of PE of similar centrality. The study also suggests that social network location affects an individuals task performance and engagement in OCBs when the individuals have low perceptions of PE. Conversely, the study suggests social network location does not affect task performance for individuals with high perceptions of PE.

Subject Categories:

  • Psychology
  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE