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Job- and organization-based psychological ownership: relationship and outcomes

He Peng (Department of Business Administration, Fudan University, Shanghai, China.)
Jon Pierce (Department of Management Studies, University of Minnesota Duluth, Duluth, Minnesota, United States.)

Journal of Managerial Psychology

ISSN: 0268-3946

Article publication date: 9 March 2015

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to investigate the relationship between job- and organization-based psychological ownership. In addition, the authors explored the emergence and outcomes of psychological ownership in Chinese context.

Design/methodology/approach

Time-lagged survey data from 158 Chinese participants were used to test several hypothesized relationships employing partial least square techniques.

Findings

Job-based psychological ownership appeared to mediate the relationship between experienced job control and organization-based psychological ownership. In addition, a statistically significant relationship between job-based psychological ownership and job satisfaction, organizational citizenship behaviors and turnover intentions, and a statistically significant relationship between organization-based psychological ownership and job satisfaction were observed. A negative relationship between organization-based psychological ownership and knowledge withholding was also observed.

Practical implications

Managers who want to enhance employees’ job- and ultimately organization-based psychological ownership should empower their employees by enabling them to exert control over their work.

Originality/value

This paper examined how organization-based psychological ownership emerges from control over work via job-based psychological ownership. The authors also investigated the impact of psychological ownership in Chinese context.

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Acknowledgements

The authors thank Editor Professor Lois Tetrick, Former Editor Professor Dianna Stone, Associate Editor Professor Charmine Hartel, and the anonymous reviewers for their helpful comments on drafts. The first author would also like to thank National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 71272070), Philosophy and Social Science Foundation of Shanghai (No. 2010EJY002), and Project 985 at Fudan University (No. 2011SHKXZD005) for their financial support. The authors contributed equally to the production of this study.

Citation

Peng, H. and Pierce, J. (2015), "Job- and organization-based psychological ownership: relationship and outcomes", Journal of Managerial Psychology, Vol. 30 No. 2, pp. 151-168. https://doi.org/10.1108/JMP-07-2012-0201

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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