Accounting for subordinate perceptions of supervisor power: an identity-dependence model

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Farmer, Steven M.
Aguinis, Herman
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Issue Date
2005-11
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Article
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Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
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The Journal of applied psychology. 2005 Nov; 90(6): 1069-83.
Abstract

The authors present a model that explains how subordinates perceive the power of their supervisors and the causal mechanisms by which these perceptions translate into subordinate outcomes. Drawing on identity and resource-dependence theories, the authors propose that supervisors have power over their subordinates when they control resources needed for the subordinates' enactment and maintenance of current and desired identities. The joint effect of perceptions of supervisor power and supervisor intentions to provide such resources leads to 4 conditions ranging from highly functional to highly dysfunctional: confirmation, hope, apathy, and progressive withdrawal. Each of these conditions is associated with specific outcomes such as the quality of the supervisor-subordinate relationship, turnover, and changes in the type and centrality of various subordinate identities.

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American Psychological Association
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The Journal of Applied Psychology
J Appl Psychol
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0021-9010
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