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The bright side of entitlement: exploring the positive effects of psychological entitlement on job involvement

Szu-Yin Lin (Department of Business Administration, College of Management, National Kaohsiung University of Science and Technology, Kaohsiung, Taiwan)
Hsien-Chun Chen (Department of Business Administration, College of Management, National Pingtung University of Science and Technology, Pingtung, Taiwan)
I-Heng Chen (Institute of Human Resource Management, College of Management, National Sun Yat-sen University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan)

Evidence-based HRM

ISSN: 2049-3983

Article publication date: 13 May 2022

Issue publication date: 27 February 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

Although the sense of entitlement was traditionally associated with a range of maladaptive personality characteristics, the purpose of the current study is to take an initial step to explore a positive implication of psychological entitlement.

Design/methodology/approach

The target population for this study comprises employees from various industries in Taiwan. To examine the research hypotheses, structural equation modeling techniques were employed to perform a mediation analysis and conditional process analysis.

Findings

The results of this research showed that career ambition mediates the relationship between psychological entitlement and job involvement, where psychological entitlement is positively related to career ambition, and career ambition is positively related to job involvement. Nonetheless, the authors' data did not support the proposed moderation effect of self-efficacy on the relationship between career ambition and job involvement.

Originality/value

This work is among the first to investigate how an employee's psychological entitlement is associated with his/her job involvement and the boundary conditions that affect this relationship.

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Citation

Lin, S.-Y., Chen, H.-C. and Chen, I.-H. (2023), "The bright side of entitlement: exploring the positive effects of psychological entitlement on job involvement", Evidence-based HRM, Vol. 11 No. 1, pp. 19-34. https://doi.org/10.1108/EBHRM-05-2021-0097

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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