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“I didn’t want to do, but I am happy to now!” Affect, voice and in-role performance

Zhenduo Zhang (School of Management, Harbin Institute of Technology, Shenzhen, China)
Huan Xiao (School of Management, Harbin Institute of Technology, Shenzhen, China)
Xueqin Gou (Department of Construction Management, Kunming University of Science and Technology, Kunming, China)
Miaomiao Li (School of Management, Harbin Institute of Technology, Shenzhen, China)
Junwei Zheng (Department of Construction Management, Kunming University of Science and Technology, Kunming, China)

Kybernetes

ISSN: 0368-492X

Article publication date: 27 June 2020

Issue publication date: 3 May 2021

Abstract

Purpose

Previous research has examined the effects of discrete affects on voice; however, the role of trait and state affects in voice literature has received little attention. This study aims to address this important issue from a conservation of resources perspective, by exploring the influence of daily positive affect and emotional resistance to change on the voice of employees and their resulting work outcomes.

Design/methodology/approach

The study collected data about 285 daily episodes from 57 employees over five consecutive days, using an experience sampling method (ESM) through mobile surveys. The study found that emotional resistance to change was negatively related to employee voice and in-role performance.

Findings

Voice mediated the negative relationship between emotional resistance to change and in-role performance. The study also found that daily positive affect buffered the negative effects of emotional resistance to change on voice.

Originality/value

These findings extend the research concerning affect and voice; the study provides integrative insight into how affect dynamically influences organizations.

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Acknowledgements

This research is supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant no. 71701083) and Yunnan Province Applied Basic Research Planning Project (Grant no. 2019FB084).

Citation

Zhang, Z., Xiao, H., Gou, X., Li, M. and Zheng, J. (2021), "“I didn’t want to do, but I am happy to now!” Affect, voice and in-role performance", Kybernetes, Vol. 50 No. 5, pp. 1467-1482. https://doi.org/10.1108/K-01-2020-0007

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