The purpose of this paper is to examine the association between networking ability, autonomy and work performance.
The data, collected from a sample of 510 employees in a professional service firm, were analysed using regression analysis.
First, networking ability and autonomy are positively associated with in-role and extra-role performance. Second, the greater the job autonomy, the stronger the effect of networking ability on in-role performance.
This paper adds to the growing body of literature on demand for social and interpersonal skills in organisations. The authors combine the literature on work design with the literature on networking ability and complexity in employment relations. The authors’ findings show the importance of networking ability and autonomy for work performance, as well as pointing to factors such as age and work experience.
This research was funded by the research programme FOCUS (Future-oriented Corporate Solutions) at Norwegian School of Economics (NHH). The authors especially thank the professional service firm for providing us with access to conduct the survey, and the authors thank the employees for taking time to participate. The authors also thank seminar participants for valuable comments to previous versions of this work.
Nesheim, T., Olsen, K. and Sandvik, A. (2017), "Never walk alone: achieving work performance through networking ability and autonomy", Employee Relations, Vol. 39 No. 2, pp. 240-253. https://doi.org/10.1108/ER-09-2016-0185Download as .RIS
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