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Perceived overqualification? Examining its nexus with cyberloafing and knowledge hiding behaviour: harmonious passion as a moderator

Jawad Khan (Department of Business Administration, Iqra National University, Peshawar, Pakistan)
Imran Saeed (Department of IBMS, The University of Agriculture Peshawar, Pakistan)
Muhammad Fayaz (Department of IBMS, The University of Agriculture Peshawar, Pakistan)
Muhammad Zada (Business School, Henan University, Kaifeng, China)
Dawood Jan (Department of IBMS, The University of Agriculture Peshawar, Pakistan)

Journal of Knowledge Management

ISSN: 1367-3270

Article publication date: 10 March 2022

Issue publication date: 1 February 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to assess the nexus between perceived overqualification (POQ), anger, knowledge hiding, cyberloafing and harmonious passion (HP).

Design/methodology/approach

The authors obtained 264 responses from two public traded firms in Pakistan using a supervisor-subordinated nested design and a multi-time data collecting strategy using convenience sampling.

Findings

The study results indicate that POQ positively affects knowledge hiding and cyberloafing. The authors also found anger as a potential mediator in the direct association between POQ and cyberloafing. In addition, the findings suggest that the association between POQ, knowledge hiding and cyberloafing will be weak when individuals exhibit HP towards their job roles. The results of this research, when considered as a whole, provided support for all of the hypothesised direct and indirect linkages, which has important ramifications for both theory and practise.

Research limitations/implications

This study has both theoretical and practical implications. Grounded on equity theory and relative deprivation theory, this paper asserts that HP should be used to decrease POQ affect. According to the authors, pro-environment employee actions may help build a pro-environment workplace culture as well as a pro-environment sense of responsibility, both of which can help to achieve significant pro-environment results.

Originality/value

This study builds on and fills in the gaps left by earlier research to better aid organisational researchers, practitioners and stakeholders in understanding how POQ, rage, information concealing, cyberloafing and harmonic passion interact with one another.

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Acknowledgements

The authors are thankful for reviewers for their valuable comments and suggestions.

Citation

Khan, J., Saeed, I., Fayaz, M., Zada, M. and Jan, D. (2023), "Perceived overqualification? Examining its nexus with cyberloafing and knowledge hiding behaviour: harmonious passion as a moderator", Journal of Knowledge Management, Vol. 27 No. 2, pp. 460-484. https://doi.org/10.1108/JKM-09-2021-0700

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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