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Social power balances within supervisor-subordinate work relationships were investigated. Supervisor power, subordinate power, and supervisor-subordinate power differentials were shown to account for subordinate expectations regarding relationships with supervisors. Furthermore, relationship expectations were shown to relate to important subordinate outcomes (i.e., perceptions of relationship quality and job tension). Exploratory analyses also suggested that how supervisors were perceived to use their power (e.g., for good or evil) was a more influential predictor of subordinate relationship expectations than the perceived quantity of supervisor power. In addition, the perceived use of power moderated the relationships between the power variables and relationship expectations. Contributions of this study, practical implications, strengths and limitations, and directions for future research were discussed.
A Dissertation submitted to the Department of Management in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Includes bibliographical references.
Gerald R. Ferris, Professor Directing Dissertation; Charles F. Hofacker, University Representative; Pamela L. Perrewé, Committee Member; Jack Fiorito, Committee Member.
Florida State University
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