Coworkers’ relationship quality and interpersonal emotions in team-member dyads in China : The moderating role of cooperative team goals

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)687-716
Journal / PublicationManagement and Organization Review
Volume12
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2016

Abstract

This study investigates the origins of discrete interpersonal emotions in team-member dyads using two independent samples from an education institute and a telecommunication services company in China. Results across both studies showed that the quality of team members’ dyadic relationships positively relates to interpersonal admiration, sympathy, and envy, and negatively relates to interpersonal contempt. Furthermore, teams’ cooperative goals moderate these dyad-level linkages. The association of relationship quality with interpersonal emotions is particularly pronounced in teams with less cooperative goals but buffered in teams with more cooperative goals. Finally, on the individual level of analysis, envy and contempt are inversely associated with team members’ work performance, objectively measured. These findings provide new insights about key antecedents and crucial moderators in the development of interpersonal emotions in Chinese work teams and reiterate the relevance of these emotions for tangible performance outcomes.

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  • Cooperative team goals, Emotions in organizations, Relationship quality, Work teams

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Coworkers’ relationship quality and interpersonal emotions in team-member dyads in China : The moderating role of cooperative team goals. / Lam, Catherine K.; Huang, Xu; Walter, Frank; Chan, Simon C. H.

In: Management and Organization Review, Vol. 12, No. 4, 01.12.2016, p. 687-716.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalNot applicablepeer-review