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The dark side of social media connectivity: Influence on turnover intentions of supply chain professionals

Guiyao Tang (School of Management, Shandong University, Jinan, China)
Shuang Ren (Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia)
Doren Chadee (Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia)
Shuo Yuan (School of Management, Shandong University, Jinan, China)

International Journal of Operations & Production Management

ISSN: 0144-3577

Article publication date: 17 December 2019

Issue publication date: 19 September 2020

Abstract

Purpose

The increasing use of social media after work hours for work purposes, termed social media connectivity (SMC), is an emerging phenomenon in supply chain management. Although SMC can have debilitating effects on supply chain professionals and their organizations, research on its effects on work-related attitudes, especially turnover intentions, remains largely unexplored. The purpose of this paper is to investigate the influence of SMC on voluntary turnover of supply chain professionals and the resulting implications for them and their organizations.

Design/methodology/approach

The study draws from the conservation of resources theory and the concept of information overload to explain how SMC leads to emotional exhaustion and impacts turnover intentions of supply chain professionals, contingent on work–life balance. The model is tested using survey data (n=325) collected at multiple times from a large Chinese pharmaceutical manufacturer and distributor with spatially dispersed workforce and distribution facilities.

Findings

The results confirm that emotional exhaustion mediates the association between SMC and turnover intentions and that SMC exacerbates the intentions of supply chain professionals to quit their jobs. However, work–life balance is found to dampen the exhausting effects of SMC on emotional exhaustion thereby reducing its debilitating effects on turnover intentions of supply chain professionals.

Originality/value

The focus on SMC highlights the need for greater understanding of the dark side of social media on supply chain professionals and their organizations and how SMC can be better managed in an age of social media ubiquity.

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Citation

Tang, G., Ren, S., Chadee, D. and Yuan, S. (2020), "The dark side of social media connectivity: Influence on turnover intentions of supply chain professionals", International Journal of Operations & Production Management, Vol. 40 No. 5, pp. 603-623. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJOPM-05-2019-0391

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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