Silence and proactivity in managing supervisor ostracism: implications for creativity
Leadership & Organization Development Journal
Article publication date: 30 March 2021
Issue publication date: 23 June 2021
Anchored in a social control theory framework, this study aims to investigate the mediating effect of defensive silence in the relationship between employees' perception of supervisor ostracism and their creative performance, as well as the buffering role of proactivity in this process.
The hypotheses were tested using three-wave survey data collected from employees in North American organizations.
The authors found that an important reason for supervisor ostracism adversely affecting employee creativity is their observance of defensive silence. This mechanism, in turn, is less prominent among employees who show agency and change-oriented behavior (i.e. proactivity).
For practitioners, this study identifies defensive silence as a key mechanism through which supervisor ostracism hinders employee creativity. Further, this process is less likely to escalate when their proactivity makes them less vulnerable to experience such social exclusion.
This study establishes a more complete understanding of the connection between supervisor ostracism and employee creativity, with particular attention to mediating mechanism of defensive silence and the moderating role of proactivity in this relationship.
Jahanzeb, S., Bouckenooghe, D. and Mushtaq, R. (2021), "Silence and proactivity in managing supervisor ostracism: implications for creativity", Leadership & Organization Development Journal, Vol. 42 No. 5, pp. 705-721. https://doi.org/10.1108/LODJ-06-2020-0260
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