Supervisor support in the work place: Legitimacy and positive affectivity

Jeongkoo Yoon, Shane Thye

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The authors tested 3 hypotheses regarding supervisor support in the work place. The validation hypothesis predicts that when employees are supported by their coworkers and the larger organization, they also receive more support from their supervisors. The positive affectivity hypothesis predicts that employees with positive dispositions receive more supervisor support because they are more socially oriented and likable. The moderation hypothesis predicts a joint multiplicative effect between validation and positive affectivity. An assessment of the hypotheses among a sample of 1,882 hospital employees in Korea provided strong support for the validation and moderation hypotheses.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)295-316
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Social Psychology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2000

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Funding Information:
The study was supported in part by the Faculty Establishment Grant (19980640) from Ajou University to Jeongkoo Yoon. The authors express appreciation to Dana Thye and to the faculty members of the Ajou Business School for constructive comments. The authors also thank Nae-Chang Han and Young-Joon Seo for the data. Address correspondence to Jeongkoo Yoon, School of Business Administration, Ajou University, Su won, South Korea, r (e-mail); or to Shane Thye, Department of Sociology, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208.


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