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I see you in me, and me in you: The moderated mediation crossover model of work passion

Hirra Pervez Butt (School of Management, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, China)
Hussain Tariq (NUST Business School, National University of Sciences and Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan) (School of Management, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, China)
Qingxiong Weng (School of Management, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, China)
Nadeem Sohail (University Community College, Government College University, Faisalabad, Pakistan)

Personnel Review

ISSN: 0048-3486

Article publication date: 13 May 2019

Issue publication date: 22 July 2019

Abstract

Purpose

Based on the theory of crossover, the purpose of this paper is to explore the limited but growing body of research on positive crossover, wherein the authors investigated the direct and indirect crossover of work passion between the dyadic setting of leader and followers. The authors hypothesized that the leader’s (follower’s) work passion influence follower’s (leader’s) work passion through direct crossover phenomena (i.e. crossover via empathy). In the study, the authors also examined the underlying indirect crossover mechanism of leader’s (follower’s) work passion via personal identification – the process by which individuals (supervisors and subordinates) realize cognitive overlap between the self and other over time in a relationship. In an attempt to fully understand the crossover of leader’s (follower’s) work passion, the authors scrutinized the pattern of leader–follower relationship quality, which has the capacity to moderate the direct and indirect crossover of work passion from leader to follower and vice versa.

Design/methodology/approach

The authors conducted two independent studies and collected a time-lagged data from the dyadic settings of a large trade multinational company (n=77 supervisor and 373 subordinates) and a large manufacturing multinational company (n=89 supervisor and 411 subordinates) situated in Anhui province of China to test the authors’ moderated mediation model of work passion.

Findings

As expected the authors found support for all the authors’ hypothesized relationships. Specifically, the results provide support for the notion of direct and indirect crossover of work passion within leader–follower dyads. Moreover, the authors’ findings also support the moderated mediation model of direct and indirect crossover of work passion.

Originality/value

Overall, this study provides a potential way to stimulate work passion in employees (leader and followers) from the perspective of their relationship quality with each other. Moreover, implications for theory, research and practice with prospective future research topics are discussed.

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Acknowledgements

Financial support from the Natural Sciences Foundation of China (Project Nos 71373251, 71422014) is gratefully acknowledged.

Citation

Butt, H.P., Tariq, H., Weng, Q. and Sohail, N. (2019), "I see you in me, and me in you: The moderated mediation crossover model of work passion", Personnel Review, Vol. 48 No. 5, pp. 1209-1238. https://doi.org/10.1108/PR-05-2018-0176

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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